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Gérard Quenum

Born in 1971, Porto-Novo, Republic of Benin
Lives and works in Porto-Novo



He left school early and worked, and then he began to initiate himself to the drawing in contact with other young artists in his hometown.

« At the beginning, Gerard Quenum works with dark colors which he covers the canvas. His human figures are very expressive, flirting with a childlike style, claimed, with curved lines. Over time, especially since his encounter with the work of Jean -Michel Basquiat in 2007, his color palette is reduced, and we can see the use of black and primary colors. Human figures kept their curves but are deployed differently on canvas. For the most current works, Gérard Quenum continues to explore this style while always evolving again and again. Colors disappear to give way to black. The figures shown are black silhouettes, occupying a little part of the canvas, which decompose and become like shadows. Gérard Quenum described his painting as ghosting and shadows images that pass by their shapes, the emotions he feels when he paints: "I wanted to show pictures, but they are a little ghost pictures in fact [...] I represent the shadows. It is only recently, with his work on the "shadows", the artist began to use paintbrushes to be more precise. Previously he painted with his hands, a technique he judged the most effective for covering surfaces. »

Quenum references daily movement and interactions, such as taxis, school children, market women, and peddlers, as well as recreation and sports. In other works, he explores violence and corrupt political figures. Quenum adopts the role of the detached observer, depicting his surroundings not as a documentarian but in its immediacy and abstraction



(Source : Fondation Zinsou)

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PUBLICATIONS

African Stories

Joël Andrianomearisoa,

Steve Bandoma,

Bela,

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

Omar Victor Diop,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

George Lilanga,

Albert Lubaki,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

JP Mika,

Moke,

Gérard Quenum

Kura Shomali ,

Monsengo Shula,

Cyprien Tokoudagba,

Pathy Tshindele,

Billie Zangewa,

African Stories

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Author : André Magnin

2014

PRESS


Gérard Quenum


Marrakech et Cotonou, un duo artistiquement gagnant

L'Economiste

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By Stéphanie Jacob

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18.12.2017
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Gérard Quenum


A Nice, l'art béninois des bagages et du recyclage

Le Monde Afrique

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By Roxana Azimi

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08.08.2017
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Calixte Dakpogan,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gérard Quenum,

Cyprien Tokoudagba,

William Adjété Wilson


Contemporary Art in Benin: A History in Ten Artists

The Culture Trip

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By Rebecca Jagoe

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18.01.2016
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Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Gérard Quenum,

Amadou Sanogo


Folk Art Africain ?

Artpress

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By Didier Arnaudet

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01.12.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Kiripi Katembo,

JP Mika,

Gérard Quenum,

Amadou Sanogo


Folk Art Africain ? L'art contemporain à l'heure bordelaise

Blog : ceci est un exercice

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By Manon Derdevet

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17.11.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Kiripi Katembo,

Gérard Quenum,

Amadou Sanogo


L'art africain : entre folklore et contemporain ?

African Links _ Blog

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By Virginie Ehonian

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25.10.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Kiripi Katembo,

Gérard Quenum,

Amadou Sanogo


L'art africain, c'est maintenant

Sud-Ouest

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By Céline Musseau

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25.09.2015
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Omar Victor Diop,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Kiripi Katembo,

Gérard Quenum,

Amadou Sanogo


Folk art africain ? Créations contemporaines en Afrique subsaharienne

Rond-Point des Arts
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01.09.2015
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Gérard Quenum


Au Bénin, l'art comtemporain entre au musée

Le Monde
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25.11.2013
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