Rafiy Okefolahan

Born in 1979 - Benin

BIOGRAPHY

Rafiy Okefolahanwas born on January 7, 1979 in Porto Novo. He lives and works in Benin.

Formed in 2007 at the National School of Arts in Dakar, it participated in 2009 for professional encounters in contemporary art, Ouidah, Benin, organized by the PSICD (Program to support cultural initiatives decentralized) and the EPA, the School of African heritage.

The creations of Rafiy are inspired of the cultural heritage of the different countries of Africa. It is steeped in a Beninese practice linked to the mobile phone which is to assimilate the figures in signs, then of the tracer on the walls of houses in order to remember the number of his relatives.

Very widespread in recent years, these symbols have had the effect of changing the urban landscape. It is thus that it retrieves on the walls of parisian numbers of small ads to cut to reinterpret them on his canvases.

Today his art is also exercised by photography and video. These techniques more expressive allow him to deepen his ?work painted. In perpetual progress, its techniques and its mastery assert themselves each day.

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EXHIBITIONS

GROUP & SOLO SHOWS

2014
"Explosion", exposition personnelle, Galerie Lazarew, Paris, (France)

2013
Exposition, Galerie R9, Saint-Sauveur (France)
Exposition Personnelle - Galerie Lazarew, Brussels, (Belgium)

2012
Exposition personnelle - Galerie Out of Africa (Benasque, Espagne)
Exposition personnelle - Appels - Galerie Lazarew (Paris, France)

2011
Chic Art Fair, Galérie Lazarew (Paris, France)
Exposition collective - Galerie Mémoire à venir (Paris, France)
Exposition personnelle - Galerie LdeC&O (Paris, France)
Exposition personnelle - Maison Galilée (Genappes, Belgiques)
Art Paris - Galerie Lazarew (Paris, France)
Exposition personnelle, Peut-on être heureux? - Galerie Lazarew (Paris, France)
Exposition collective, 16eme Rencontre d'Art contemporain Africain - Châtea de Villiers (Draveil, France)
Exposition collective - Ambassade de Roumanie (Dakar, Sénegal)

2010
Exposition et vente aux enchères, Solidarité, l’art se mobilise pour Haiti (Reims, France)
Exposition collective Reprendre la main au Centre Culturel Français (Cotonou, Bénin)
Exposition personnelle à la Bank of Africa (Cotonou, Bénin)
Résidence de création à l’Espace Animy Sculpture, l’atelier du Amahiguere DOLO (Ségou, Mali)
Exposition Festival sur le Niger (Ségou, Mali)

2009
Création et exposition collective Rencarts à la galerie Artisttik Bénin (Cotonou, Bénin)
Couverture du mois de novembre de la revue littéraire trimestrielle Mouvances (Montréal, Québec, Canada)
Participation à FAIVA-Festival Africain d’Images Virtuelles Artistiques (Bamako, Mali)
Exposition collective « Nudowa Yoyo » au Centre Culturel Français (Cotonou, Bénin)

2008
Exposition collective Rencontre annuelle des jeunes créateurs plastiques, « Prom’art 2009 », (Cotonou, Bénin)
Exposition collective, Banque de l’Habitat (Cotonou, Bénin) 3 artistes béninois présentent leur travail lors de l’anniversaire de la BHB
Exposition Internationale Dak’Art Off, Village des Arts (Dakar, Sénégal)
Exposition collective, Hôtel Cap Ouest (Dakar, Sénégal) : Dans le cadre de Dak’art Off en tant qu’initiateur du projet «Elow’art» 5 artistes béninois traversent 5 pays africains en route vers la biennale des arts contemporains de Dakar, Sénégal

2007
Exposition collective « Art 7 sur 7 » (Cotonou, Bénin)
Exposition collective « Noël des Arts », Centre Culturel Français (Cotonou, Bénin)
Exposition personnelle chez Assane DIOKHANE, collectionneur (Dakar, Sénégal)

2006
Exposition collective "Just for You" (Dakar, Sénégal)
Exposition collective "Egododo", Espace culturel Gbegnigan (Lomé, Togo)
Exposition collective "Exit Tour" (Cotonou, Bénin)

2005
Exposition CEDEAO Ecowax (Lagos, Nigeria)
Participation au Festival "Boulev'art" (Cotonou, Bénin)
Exposition "Présentation et Couleur", Banque de l'Habitat (Cotonou, Bénin)

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