Dominique Zinkpè - Les Démasqués des cinq continents - Europe, 2007 (detail)

Dominique Zinkpe / Dominique Zinkpè

Surrealism

October 14, 2020

Born in Cotonou, Dominique Zinkpè is a multidisciplinary artist, one of the most famous to emerge from Benin. His practice includes various mediums, including installation, drawing, painting, sculpture, and video. These works refer to his environment and the context in which he finds himself and are inspired by his country’s rich history. Zinkpè’s paintings appear to be surrealist, as loose figures battle and swim on the canvas. There are also nurturing fertile women as a recurring motif, recalling themes of desire and motherhood. The artist uses a mixture of oil, acrylics, and found objects, leaving large areas of canvas as an empty space. His sculptures are also captivating, with many consisting of assemblages of carved wooded Ibeji dolls that engage the Yoruba concept of twin-ship. Drawing is also extremely important for Zinkpè since it is at the origin of all his creations.

Featured image: Dominique Zinkpè - Les Démasqués des cinq continents - Europe, 2007 (detail). Wood, metal, lighting. 47 3/5 × 23 3/5 × 23 3/5 in. 121 × 60 × 60 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Galerie Galea