Sebastien Boko

Sculptor | Benin

Sebastien Boko has a hereditary knowledge and passion for wood. It is a family belief that the blood mixes with the sap and is imbued into the work. Indeed, after his studies, it was at his father’s workshop in Zogbodomey in Benin that he began learning to carve wood. 

It is as though there is a big veil separating us from the mystery of life. In quest for power, humans have veiled themselves, sometimes in the face of their own weaknesses. We do not reveal everything to others, and everything is not revealed to us.

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Sebastien Boko has a hereditary knowledge and passion for wood. It is a family belief that the blood mixes with the sap and is imbued into the work. Indeed, after his studies, it was at his father’s workshop in Zogbodomey in Benin that he began learning to carve wood.

In 2009, he met other artists and worked along side them for several years. These formative years as well as the sculptural residences in which he has participated have fed the development of his work considerably. Although the sculpture is his main profession, Boko doesn’t hesitate to express himself through other forms including performances, installations, slam poetry, and music which explains the diversity and uniqueness of his work.

While developing a work on the theme VEILS he has produced a sculptural series with a mixture of materials such as wood, metal and symbolistic objects of mixed media including padlocks and sections of chains. During his career so far, he has participated in exhibitions and symposiums in Benin, Austria, Switzerland, Turkey, China, Japan, Tanzania, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast and Togo. 

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Credentials

National exhibitions

2019

VEILS French Institute Cotonou, INTERNATIONAL SHOW OF ARCHITECTS, Cotonou 

2018

THE WEEK Red House, Cotonou 

DIPLOMATIC HOLIDAY, AT THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, Cotonou 

2017

THE ECHOES OF LOBOZOUNKPA, Arts and Culture Center of Robert Vallois, Cotonou 

2016

EXHIBITION – WORKSHOP with Coffi Sètondji and Ludovic Fadairo, “COP21” Global Warming, French Institute of Cotonou 

GIRL IN UNIFORM, French Institute of Cotonou 

3 DIMENSIONS, Arts and Culture Center of Robert Vallois de Lobozounkpa 

EXPERIMENTAL CENACLE, French Institute of Cotonou 

The ENVOL, Air France in Cotonou 

BENIN ARTMartyrs Square – Cotonou 

2013

PROM’ART YOUNG INTERNATIONAL, 8th edition Place des Martyrs – Cotonou 

2012

INTENSE GENERATION, Red House, Cotonou 

GERMAN CULTURAL WEEK, Residence of the German Ambassador, Cotonou  

BIENNALE REGARD BENIN DENSITY GENERATION NEW UNIK, Place of contemporary creation in Abomey  

THE DRAFTING, Cotonou 

« 3 ARTS », Société Générale des Banques, Cotonou 

« AHWAN KPO DO TE » Martyrs Square – Cotonou 

International exhibitions

2020

Africa Now, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands

2019

WORLD WOOD DAY, Graz, Austria 

INAMI, JAPAN 

2018

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF PLASTIC ARTS, Assouindé, Ivory Coast 
OFF BIENNAL DE D’AKART, Senegal 

2017

INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM ON WOOD, Brienz, Switzerland   

2016

WORLD WOOD DAY, Odunpazari / Eskisehir Museum, Turkey 
« FAIVA », African Virtual Artistic Image Festival. Bamako, Mali 

2014

WORLD WOOD DAY Shanghai, Xianyou, Kunming City, People’s Republic of China 

2013

WORLD WOOD DAY Dar es Salaam, KarimjeemHallen, Tanzania 

2012

FIRST INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM ON LIBREVILLE WOOD, National Museum of Libreville, Gabon 

2011

« DO IT » French Institute of Lomé, Togo 

Awards

2015

PRICE BOARD OF THE AGREEMENT « Bénin art » at Royal Hotel Cotonou Benin 

2010 & 2013

FESNAC -1st and 2nd prize National Festival of Arts and Culture in Benin 

PROM’ART YOUNG INTERNATIONAL 8th Grand Prix of Cotonou Sculpture, Benin 

WORLD WOOD DAY “Strongest Content” African Sculptor Award 2013, Dar Es Salam, Tanzania 

2012

 « GOLD PRICE » National Wood Sculpture Competition organized by International Wood Culture Society in Cotonou, Benin  

2011

DEPARTMENTAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CULTURE 1st Prize Tori, Benin