Benjamin Deguenon

Painter | Benin

Benjamin Deguenon (1982) creates sculptures, paintings, drawing and installations. They have beaks, claws, talons, tails, extravagant creatures straight out of the flute of an urban Pan, chimeras stemming from a personal mythology which he removes from the street, from the city, from life.  

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Benjamin Deguenon (1982) creates sculptures, paintings, drawing and installations. They have beaks, claws, talons, tails, extravagant creatures straight out of the flute of an urban Pan, chimeras stemming from a personal mythology which he removes from the street, from the city, from life.  

Quartered without disenchantment between before and now, it draws as one spreads its wings, from above, from above, sweeping the landscape from the heights to get an overview. Sheet metal cutter, assembler of heterogeneous compositions, the fruit of a fierce struggle with matter, Benjamin Deguenon recuperates. Recovers from everyday life to sew up his investigations, from his childhood to invent an urban mythology. Not only recovers materials, techniques, the idea of communion between man and nature, he recovers his anxieties from the intimate to deliver those of others, in fact a pantheon of unrealities, in wood, adorned with iron, adorned with fabrics, installations-exorcisms that expose him. 

His beautiful energy, the projection of a fury to exist in a mutant society where the sacred withers away where individuals get lost, is channeled into the drawings that extend his approach on a more fragile medium, with more sensitive tools. Tenderness, more humor in his urban utopias, his struggle with matter has branched out into multiple paths. Serene on paper, more bold on canvas, facing iron, wood, he remains a primary force, a wise determination where the subtle innuendo gives way to the obvious nestles in the tip of his spear, the point of the pencil that erases the answers and hem the questions. 

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Credentials

Solo exhibitions

2020

Exposition personnel à la Galerie Alain DETTINGER, France

2013

Audience / Institut français – Cotonou, Benin

Irréalités / Galerie R9 – Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France

2011

Scénographie du spectacle Nuit de Parole, de Patrice Toton / Institut français – Cotonou, Benin

2010

Fenêtres / Galerie Farafina – Cotonou, Benin

Group exhibitions

2021

Exposition collectif du SPECIAL COVID-19 BOULEV’ART CHANTIER CREATIF au  Centre Culturel Français- Cotonou 

Exposition collectif du SPECIAL COVID-19 BOULEV’ART au carrefour Ste Cécile Cotonou 

2020

Exposition avec de la Galerie Vallois « LA OU L’ÂME SE PLAÎT » au FOYER DU CARROUSEL DU  LOUVRE 

2019

Exposition AFRIQUE au Château de Tanlay avec la galerie Vallois (Les impromptus du Bénin) 

Exposition collective « PANORAMA » au centre lobozounkpa 

Parcours des mondes Galerie VALLOIS (Les ASEN Art du Bénin) 

2018

Exposition collective d’art contemporain « THE WEEK » organisé à la Maison rouge par HBMC 

Jouets et fétiches » à la Galerie Mathilde hatzenberger gallery Bruxelles/Belgique 

2017

Exposition à la Galerie Vallois « Cotonou Paris Cotonou » 

Exposition collectives avec la galerie vallois « Ma Pas Ta » à la villa Arson / Nice 

Exposition à la FOIRE St’ART à Strasbourg par la galerie Mathilde hatzenberger gallery 

2016 

Exposition ART PARIS ART FAIR avec la galerie Vallois 

2015

Exposition collective esclavage moderne à l’UNESCO Paris avec la galerie vallois 

Exposition esclavage moderne galerie VALLOIS Paris 

Exposition interférences à la galerie L’UAP rue de Fontenelle à Rouen

Artistic residence 

2015

Ateliers des artistes – Rouen, Frankrijk

2012

L’un dans l’autre (Ateliers de Belleville) – Paris, Frankrijk

UNIK – Abomey, Benin

2008

Village des Arts, Dak’Art Off – Dakar, Senegal