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Rafiy Okefolahan, Sans Titre 1416

Rafiy Okefolahan Sans Titre 1416, 2014

View in a room Painting 78.7 x 78.7 x 2 inch

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    Professional art gallery
    Paris - France

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  • Signature

    Hand-signed by artist

  • Medium

    Painting : pastel, paint

  • Themes


  • Support

    Painting on canvas without stretcher

  • Type

    Unique work

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    78.7 x 78.7 x 2 inch

  • Framing

    Black wood floater frame

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  • About the artwork

    Les toiles de Rafiy témoignent d’un amour sincère, inébranlable pour son pays, mais teinté de révolte. Il y dénonce les aberrations de la société béninoise, comme les “kamikazes” (motocyclistes qui transportent de l’essence depuis le Nigeria) ou l’analphabétisme persistant, ainsi que les bouleversements liés à l’arrivée massive des nouvelles technologies.

    "A la manière un prêtre voodoo, qui pratiquerait une offrande au fétiche, j’applique des teintes primaires sur de grande toiles ou papiers posés au sol, auxquelles j’ajoute pigments, rouilles, huiles, pastels".

    Accroupi, à genoux, debout, Rafiy jette ses couleurs, y ajoute de l’eau, de la terre ou du marc de café. Impulsif, spontané, Rafiy se sert de la toile comme d’un miroir de ses impressions. Ses travaux sur papier, dont les compositions sont plus centrées, sont davantage pensés comme une galerie de portraits (animaux hommes, femmes, fétiches, etc).


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Rafiy Okefolahan

Born in: 1979


Emergent Artist

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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