Sculptor | Benin
Marcel Kpoho (1988) shapes used tires and models them to make masks and sculptures that speak of human beings, in their darkest and most glorious aspects. In his themes he is particularly interested in the environment, the suffering of women, sexism and racism. He hopes to bring those who watch his art to question the future of the planet and the future challenges of humanity.
The sculptures I make are often monumental, sometimes frightening for some people. I want it to mark, to question the people who watch it. Because that’s how we can have a reflection afterwards, that we can have an awareness.
Born in 1988 in Porto-Novo, gifted in drawing since his early childhood, Marcel Kpoho is a self-taught painter and sculptor. His first exhibition dates back to 2012, but it was in 2017 that he abandoned the teaching of mathematics to truly engage in his artistic career.
His art fascinates and questions. He sees his work as a mission and creates tirelessly hoping to bring those who watch his art to question the future of the planet and the future challenges of humanity.
He participates and organizes numerous exhibitions in Benin and collaborates with galleries in France. He sells his works at auction in Europe and is present in private collections in Africa and Europe. In 2021, he received the Francophonie prize from the Loire school in France.
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Exhibition at “Wekré-Eclosion” in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Solo exhibition in studio, Cotonou (Benin)
Exhibition at Art Gallery Calavi, Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
Exhibition at the Atileb’art gallery, Cotonou (Benin)
Collective exhibition at the Art-z gallery in Paris
Collective exhibition at the Dakar Biennale “Off” in the region of Fatick (Senegal)
Collective exhibition at the Maison rouge, Cotonou (Benin)
Collective exhibition at the Bamboo Numerik cultural center, Cotonou (Benin)
Participation in the International Biennial of Sculpture of Ouagadougou, (BISO Off) (Burkina Faso)
Exhibition-sale at the Valois center in Lobozounkpa, Cotonou (Benin)
Christmas Arts exhibition at the French Institute of Benin, Cotonou (Benin)
Exhibition of the Association of Young Visual Artists at the Hublot Hotel, Cotonou (Benin)
Exhibition of the 6th International Day of Plastic Arts (JIAP) at the Chinese Cultural Center of Benin, Cotonou (Benin)
Afrikan’arts exhibition at the media library of the diasporas of Cotonou (Benin)
National exhibition of contemporary art for the Chinese New Year at the General Mathieu Kérekou stadium, Cotonou (Benin)
Exhibition for the formation of filigree mosaic Chinese Cultural Center, Cotonou (Benin)
National plastic art exhibition at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
Exhibition at the Univers’arts of the Cultural and Artistic Union of Students at the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin)
Residencies and workshops
Artistic residency at Villa Karo, Grand-Popo (Benin) -Exhibition “Geste!?” as part of Nov’Art at the Novotel, Cotonou (Benin)
AJAP plastic art workshop, Haie vive, Cotonou (Benin)
Plastic art workshop of the Aobobo culture association, Parking cultural center (Benin)