North Wind
I and I
No Way
Strange Companion
The Wall
Born 1966, Sinfra, Côte d'Ivoire
EDUCATION

2000 Master student of Prof Klaus Rinke

1997 DAAD scholarship. Studied at the Academy of Art under Prof Klaus Rinke

1994 - 1996 Certificate for the higher teacher training, (CAPEAS), Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

1992 - 1995 Workshop Klaus Simon, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

1994 Diploma Supérieur des Beaux-Arts, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

1992 Diploma National des Beaux-Arts, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

1988 - 1995 Institut National Supérieur des Arts et de l'Action Culturelle (INSAAC)

1986 - 1988 Studies in Spanish History, University of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
EXHIBITIONS

2009 Nomad Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

2008 Düsseldorfer Große Kunstausstellung, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany
The Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, Canada
8th Dakar Biennale Senegal (catalogue)
"Travesia", Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain
"L'homme est un Mystère", Musée de la Briqueterie, Langueux, Bretagne, France
"Premier choix", Musée de la Rotonde des Arts Contenporains Abidjan, Côte d´Ivoire

2007 CAFKA 07, Biennale Kitchener "Haptic", Contemporary Art Forum, Canada

2006 Dak’Art, Dakar Biennale, Sénégal (catalogue)
Biennale Waldkunst Pfad Darmstadt, Germany (catalogue)
"EUROPE-AFRICA", Brussels, Belgium (catalogue)
Chateau des Templiers, Greoux Les Bains, France
Biennale of Graphics, Versailles, France (catalogue)

2005 "Outdoor Sculpture", Cologne, Germany
"Kunst am Baum" im Städtischen Museum Gelsenkirchen, Germany
"Zaunwelten", Museum für Kommunikation, Berlin, Germany

2004 "Sculpteur d'ailleurs", Intenational symposium & exhibition, Abbaye de Bon Repos, Saint- Gelves, France
"L’homme est un Mystere", Musée de l´espace Francois Mitérand, Gingamp, France
"Sculpture Sculpture", International Sculptors Symposium, Joucas-en-Provence, France 2004

2003 "XARALA", Art sans frontière Abbatial Palais, Saint-Hubert, Belgium
"L'Europe fantôme", Espace Vertebra, Brussels, Belgium
"Blick nach Afrika" (Heilbronn) Künstlerbund Heilbronn, Germany
"Carrefour", GEA, Bochum, Germany
Wifredo Lam Contemporary Art Center, Havana Biennial, Cuba
Düsseldorfer große Kunst Ausstellung, Museum Kunst, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalogue)

2002 Dak'Art 2002, Dakar Biennale, Sénégal (catalogue)
"ASSIMILATION", Atelier vor Ort Anne Berlit, Gallery ATISS, Dak 'Art Biennale and the Dakar
Ministry of Culture, Dakar, Sénégal (catalogue)
Musée de Dakar (Sénégal) (catalogue)
"Art Flows", Rhein-Moscow, Russia (catalogue)
"Bau-Kunst", Essen erlebt Architektur (catalogue)
"Weg zur Kunst", Eschweiler
Gallery of European Sculpture Vicht Aachen
Düsseldorfer große Kunstausstellung NRW Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany (catalogue)

2001 Städtische Galerie Kaarst, Germany
"Paradis obscur", Forum Bildender Künstler, Essen, Germany (catalogue)
"Künstler gegen Gewalt und Ausgrenzung", Landtag Düsseldorf, Germany
Bau-Kunst, Essen erlebt Architektur, Modelausstellung.
"Die andere Seit der Kette", Atelier Projekt Kettenschmiedemuseum, Fröndenberg, Germany (catalogue)

2000 member trade association in the visual artist (WBK)
Forum 2000, Essen, Germany
Dak´Art 2000, Dakar Biennale, Sénégal (catalogue)

1999 "Traumfabrik", Galerie Sparkasse Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Galerie europäischer Kunsthof Vicht, Stolberg, Germany
Kunstspur, Atelier, Altendorferstrasse107 Essen, Germany

1998 Städtische Museen, Heilbronn, Germany (catalogue)
Iwalawa House, University of Bayreuth, Germany

1997 ARTEFACT 97, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

1996 Goethe Institut, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
EWOLE 96, Centre Culturel Français, Lomé, Togo
ARTEFACT 96, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

1995 Klaus Simon workshop, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
"Artists Against AIDS", Center Culturel Français, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
Musée d'Art Contemporain Cocody, Abidjan (catalogue)
Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany (catalogue)
Municipal Museum, Heilbronn, Germany (catalogue)
House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany (catalogue)
Castle Museum, Gotha, Germany
PERFORMANCES

2008 "Dédouanement" Musée de la Rotonde des Arts Contemporains, Abidjan, Côte d´Ivoire

2006 "Menschen Erde" Waldkunst Pfad, Darmstadt, Germany

2004 "Mea culpa", Joucas en Provence, France

2003 "Chemin de l´épreuve", Havana Biennale, Cuba

2002 "Galère" Dakar Biennale Dakar
"Camouflage, The Center of Contemporary Art of Southern, East and West Africa, Belgium (catalogue)

2001 "Return of the children of Gorée", Gorée, Dakar, Sénégal (catalogue and film)
"On change de terre", Dusseldorf Art Academy, Germany
"Zwei Spuren, ein Weg", Anne Berlit - Koko Bi, Alte Synagoge, Essen, Germany
"Die andere Seite der Kette", Kettenschmiedemuseum, Fröndenberg, Germany
AWARDS

Francophone Prize, Dakar Biennale 2008
Award of the Evangelical Church of Food
Ifa project grant
Registered in the anthology of African art of the 20 century
Foundation Art and Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia: Project Scholarship
The Dakar Biennale, Prize, 2000
The Kunstverein Dusseldorf Prize
Jems Robert Koko Bi was born in Cote D’Ivoire, Africa in 1966 where he lived and studied until 1997 when he won the DAAD scholarship and commenced his art studies in Germany culminating in his position as master student with Professor Klaus Rinke in 2000.

Koko Bi is principally a sculptor using wood as his medium though it is his extraordinary drawings that are featured in this exhibition. These relate to his haunting and powerful sculpture in subject matter but stand alone. All his work is informed by the duality of his own life. He refers to this as a tension between time and space – time represented by the history of Africa and the space that he now finds himself occupying as an international contemporary artist – but with Africa and its history following him like a shadow. His work flows from this contradiction. For him it is a necessity to honour his roots and communicate in a contemporary language that originates from his Africa but has been honed in the West.

The works on paper in this exhibition speak of the very real agonies suffered by post colonial Africa – the western style (school) chair symbolising the European model of authority that has been imposed on Africa and then misused by post independence leaders.