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MÉNÉ

Biography

Ange MénéBorn 1977, Ivory Coast
Lives and works in Dabou (Ivory Coast)

At forty years old, Méné has lived his life without clamor and his quiet silhouette is evident in his work. A graduate of the National Institute of Arts and Cultural Action (INSAAC) of Abidjan and Professor of Fine Arts, the artist has followed this path with talent and tenacity and without unnecessary fanfare. Over the last twenty years he has presented his works all over the world, from Abidjan to Paris, from Luxembourg to Dakar, also passing through Spain, and his success has never changed his unassuming character.

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The work itself constitutes his fundamental essence. Méné has been able to change his style without ever losing his identity. He is constantly renewing his technique through thoughtful inquiry. For example, in some of his recent works, Méné has used the worn plastics utilized by house painters as a random background. Regardless, human beings always remain at the core of his work. Alone or in groups, humans are the focus of his paintings, almost exclusively, although other elements - a red and indefinable animal, a beast with horns, the sun or a hut - occasionally occupy the space.

His work unceasingly examines human nature and all its components, both visible and invisible. Presented in a deceptively simple manner, these silhouettes seem to be drawn by a child. However, they contain both the freshness of childish works and at the same time, the depth of work done by an adult who is confronting the world as it is rather than how he would like it to be. There is no pointless prattle, the artist is not talkative and lets his work speak for itself. No breathtaking conceptions, no verbal rambling; the work alone, in the form of an eternal question mark!

The subjects presented, often only in bust and facing the viewer, smile with a good-natured air. If they are not laughing, their mouths may indicate a barely sketched grimace or even a shout. They are usually depicted in groups of two or three, holding each other affectionately by the hand or shoulders.

Méné’s works are depicted without pessimism and with no explicit reference to the realities of the daily life of poor populations, but rather of the effervescence of youth and the pursuit of their livelihoods and meaning in their lives. And yet, if we want to go beyond the placid appearances and juvenile freshness of these paintings, we are forced to recognize some discreet signs or coded language intended for those alone who know, those who can see beyond the images to perhaps a less serene reality.

Sylvain Sankalé
Art critic
Dakar (Senegal)

Solo Exhibitions

2018
- "Terre des Hommes", Out of Africa Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2016
- "L’autre rive" Hôtel (Phénix), Dabou, Ivory Coast
2015
- "L’Art et le Vin",Galerie Amani, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2002
- Galerie Tintamarre, L’Isle-Sur-la Sorgue, France

Group Exhibitions

2017
- "No border", Galerie Louis Simone Guirandou, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2016
- "Love is everywhere", Out of Africa Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2014
- "Africa Plural", Out of Africa Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2013
- "Visages d’Afrique", Out of Africa Gallery, Benasque, Spain
- "L’énigmatique désir", ARKADI 16th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- "OFF" Dak’art, Biennale de Dakar, Eiffage, Dakar, Senegal
2011
- "La poétique de la blessure", ARKADI 15th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2010
- "L’odyssée de la beauté", ARKADI 14th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2009
- "Les pierres vivantes", ARKADI 12th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2008
- "Valeurs sûres", BICICI Amie des Arts, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2007
- "La cité radieuse", ARKADI 11th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- "De l’esclavage à la liberté", USA embassy, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- "Boribana", ARKADI 10th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2006
- "La traversée du désert", ARKADI 9th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- Kajazoma Gallery, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- "Couleurs nouvelles", Aniss Production, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2005
- Kajazoma Gallery, Exhibition/Performance, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- "Mythologie", ARKADI 8th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
- Kajazoma Gallery, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2003
- "Le dialogue", ARKADI 7th edition, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
2002
- Galerie Espace Libre, ’Isle-Sur-la Sorgue, France
2001
- "Ecriture", Ars Ante Africa, Espace Communic’Art, Paris, France

Private Collection

2016 - S.M. the King of Morocco Mohamed VI, Morocco
2015 - SODIREP, Ivory Coast
2012 - EIFFAGE, Senegal
 

Artworks for sale

. Méné - Couleur pastel - 2018 - 121cm H x 151cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - Price: 4.000€ - INFO
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. Méné - Terre d'amour - 2018 - 115cm H x 145cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - Price: 4.000€ - INFO
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. Méné - Pélerin - 2018 - 130cm H x 150cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - Price: 4.000€ - INFO
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. Méné - Bleu passion - 2018 - 100cm H x 88cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Méné - Terre des Hommes II - 2018 - 130x130cm - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - Price: 3.500€ - INFO
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. Méné - Time of Joy - 2018 - 100cm H x 150cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - Price: 3.500€ - INFO
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. Méné - Mon reflet - 2018 - 80cm H x 150cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Méné - Rencontre - 2018 - 150cm H x 100cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Méné - Sentinelles - 2017 - 150cm H x 150cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. MÉNÉ - Petit Prince 2 - 2017 - 150cm H x 150cm W - Natural pigments and acrylic on canvas - Price: 4.500€ - INFO
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. MÉNÉ - Petit Prince - 2017 - 100cm H x 150cm W - natural pigments and acrylic on canvas - Price: 3.500€ - INFO
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. Méné - Serie "The Earth Song II" - 2016 - 107cm H x 102 cm W - Acrylic on recycled plastic - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Méné - Serie "The Earth Song I" 2016 - 107cm H x 102cm W - Acrylic on recycled plastic - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Méné - "Love is everywhere" - 2016 - 130cm H x 150cm W - Collage and acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Méné - "My Victory" - 2016 - 130cm H x 150cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Méné - "La Vie en Couleurs" - 2016 - 90cm H x 120cm W - Collage and acrylic on canvas - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Méné - "Semer la Vie" - 2016 - 90cm H x 120cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 2.500€ - INFO
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. Méné - "Temps de Passion" - 2016 - 100cm H x 70cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Méné - "Rouge d'Amour" - 2016 - 100cm H x 70cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. MÉNÉ - "Géants" - 2012 - 130cm H x 162cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on paper on canvas - Price: 5.000€ - INFO
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