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Calixte Dakpogan

Born in 1958, Pahou, Benin
Lives and works in Porto Novo, Benin



Calixte Dakpogan?s Vodun heritage is intrinsic to his work.  Born to a family of blacksmiths, he grew up in the  Goukoumé district of Porto Novo, Benin, a district dedicated to Ogun, the god of iron.  Ogun is the principal divinity worshiped by the Dakpogan family. The tradition of metalworking has been carried from father to son since their ancestor Sabgo Ayato worked as a blacksmith in the royal court of King Toffa.
The abundance of car wreckages in Porto Novo has provided Calixte Dakpogan with an inexhaustible source of materials. He began to use scavenged car parts to create standing figures, following directly in the tradition of Fon statues made from scrap iron in the early nineteenth century.  In 1992, he was commissioned to create a series 100 of these works for Ouidah 92: The First International Festival of Vodun Arts and Cultures. Their contribution remains on permanent display. Today, after an interval of one and a half centuries, the relationship between Fon sculptures and the work of Dakpogan transcends purely visual or technical aspects, being intimately related with the creative process.
Since 1990, Calixte has worked independently, using salvaged metallic and plastic elements to create anthropomorphic figures and masks.  A gas tank becomes a body or headlights become teeth. Two formless segments become a recognizable personage. His creations, full of talent, humour, and stories, are imbued with a contemporary imagination and an astounding inventiveness

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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


Calixte Dakpogan,

Romuald Hazoumè


What's driving the growing interest in African art?

The Art Newspaper

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By Jane Morris

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13.04.2017
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Rabat célèbre

Pierre Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Malick Sidibé


Rabat célèbre " L'Afrique en Capitale "

La nouvelle Tribune

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By Leila Ouazry

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08.03.2017

Frédéric Bruly Bouabré,

Seyni Awa Camara,

Chéri Samba,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Seydou Keïta,

Bodys Isek Kingelez,

George Lilanga,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray,

Moke,

J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere,

Malick Sidibé


Avril 2017. Exposition Art Afrique. Le nouvel atelier

Evous

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By André Balbo

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03.01.2017
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Amani Bodo,

Chéri Samba,

Chéri Chérin,

Calixte Dakpogan,

John Goba,

Romuald Hazoumè,

Gonçalo Mabunda,

Abu Bakarr Mansaray


La cité ocre se dote d'un Musée d'art contemporain africain

Le Matin Maroc

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By Mokhtar Grioute

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22.11.2016
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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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