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Born 1969, Cotonou, Benin


1999 "DOMINIQUE ZINKPE: 10 ans, le temps d'une passion", Retrospective of a decade of work in painting, sculpture and mixed media, Germany Embassy, Cotonou, Benin

2008 "Dialogue", Acto Galerie, Herzogenrath, Germany

2007 "Contact Zone", Musee National du Mali, Bamako, Mali
"TRANS CAPE: Contemporary African Art on the Move" Trans Cape Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

2006 "Dak’Art 2006", Dakar, Senegal
"Afrika! Afrika!: The Magical Circus Experience from the Continent of Wonder", Munich, Germay (also traveled to Berlin 2006)

2004 "Africa Screams: The Evil and the Uncanny in Cinema and Art", Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth, Germany, (traveled to: Kunstverein Aalen, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna, 2004 - 2005; City Museum, Munich; Museum der Weltkulturen, Frankfurt)

2003 "Biennial de la Habana VIII: El arte con la vida", Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wilfredo Lam, Havana, Cuba (catalogue)

2001 "L’Harmattan 2000: premier salon d’art contemporain beninois", Centre Cultural Francais, Cotonou, Benin

2000 "South Meets West", Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland (catalogue)

1999 "South Meets West", National Museum of Ghana, Accra, Ghana (catalogue)
"Art Work Nature", Pulchri Studio, Den Haag, The Netherlands

1996 "Dak’Art 1996", Dakar, Senegal (catalogue)
Dominique Zinkpè was born in 1969 in Cotonou in the Republic of Benin. He has participated in numerous exhibitions workshops and residences in Africa, Europe and South America. Zinkpè gained early recognition through the Prix Jeune Talent Africain awarded to him at the Grapholie in Abidjan in 1993. In 2002 he won the Prix Umeoa at the 2002 Dakar Biennale.

Zinkpe’s oeuvre is complex and wide ranging, spanning installations, drawings, painting, sculpture and video. There is a restlessness within Zinkpe that prevents him from confining his creative processes to one medium, but his paintings and drawings represent his most intimate work – significantly theyare produced at the private studio in his house as opposed to his hectic sculpture and installation studio in the centre of Cotonou.

The paintings and drawings follow tortuous journeys where figures hover midway between human and animal, recalling power games, masquerades or sex, all with a strong satirical flavour. The works play out the mystical, philosophical, and cultural conundrums thrown up by the merging of Catholicism and Animism and traditional and contemporary culture. His distinctive brilliance reveals itself on the canvas; intimate, powerful and coquettish. The works are disturbing and arresting constructs of the imagination mirroring the dilemmas and complexities of Zinkpe’s own life.