Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani

Painter | Togo / Germany

Abdoul creates modestly styled pen drawings with coffee on paper. Some of his pieces are a response to the current situation of the corona virus pandemic⁠, which are very relevant and relatable right now. ⁠⠀

“My duty as an artist is to reflect on some issues related to society. The artist in my opinion, is a mirror of society. I am convinced that the artist can play an important role in providing solutions to our problems.⁠”⁠



Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani (1973) was born in Togo and currently lives in Stuttgart (Germany). Graduated from the College of Arts and Crafts in Kpalimé (Togo), his artistic practice encompasses painting, drawing, mixed media, photography and video.

His work deals with African identities, as well as social and global issues and has been shown in exhibitibions all over the world.

He has earned numerous prestigious awards for his work, including the Leonardo Da Vinci International Prize 2020 in Florence, Italy; the Artfacts Performance Awards 2019 in Berlin, Germany; the Giotto International Prize 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal; Finalist at the Global Art Awards 2018 in Dubai, UAE; Best Video Art Prize at the 17 th International Film Festival „Zoom-Zblizenia“ 2014 in Jelenia Gora, Poland.

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