Pascale Marthine Tayou
Pascale Marthine Tayou is internationally-acclaimed artist and arguably the best known Cameroonian artist working today. Born in Nkongsamba, Cameroon, in 1966, Tayou abandoned his law studies to become an artist. He learned informally by participating in the bustling contemporary art scene of Douala, Cameroon’s capital, and then honed his skills independently. He emerged in the 1990s as a socially-conscious artist who took on tough subject such as HIV/AIDS pandemic and broader socioeconomic conditions in Africa. Subsequently, he began to focus attention on the larger human condition, tackling hot-button issues such as economic inequality, globalization, cross-cultural exchange, and mobility, advanced from his own personal experience of itinerancy. Currently based in Ghent, Belgium, Tayou’s eclectic practice encompasses large-scale installation, sculpture, site-specific work, public art, and performance. He cemented his international reputation after participating in major exhibitions, including the Dak’Art Biennale (1996), Sidney Biennale (1998), Documenta 11(2002), Tate Modern’s Triennial (2009), and the Venice Biennale (2009). His recent solo exhibitions include Fresh Kiss, Galleria Bottegantica, Milan, Italy (2018); Chapitres, Solo Show, Mu.ZEE, Oostende, Belgium (2018); Colorful Line, Richard Taittinger Gallery, New York, USA (2018). Group shows include African Metrópolis, MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2018); Dak’art, Biennale de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal (2018), and Triennale, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (2017). He is represented in major collections such as the Tate Modern, Guggenheim Museum (Abu Dhabi), Pizzuti Collection (Columbus, Ohio), SMAK, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (Belgium), National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne, Australia), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), and Fowler Museum (UCLA, Los Angeles).