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MÉNÉ

Biography

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

Méné continues to promenade the improbable silhouettes of his characters through his work and through our lives and we are grateful for the sweetness and the color he gives them. Graduate of INSAAC (Abidjan School of Fine Arts) and certified professor of fine arts, Méné goes his way, without unnecessary hype, but with stubbornness and talent.
More and more art collectors appreciate his many talents that are expressed in his high quality painted works. With Méné it's about painting, the artist having never departed from this medium to express his feelings, visions, dreams and his moments of melancholy. Painting is surely his way of expressing emotions, a man in his forties, who does not speak much, is sparing in his gestures, laughter and tears. Everything is in the richly colored work, he has pursued for years.
We know him for his use of various supports, paper, canvas, plastic sheeting on which painters in building had left. Everything is good for him then, by the magic of color, reinterpret things and give them the turn he wanted.

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"Behind the apparent disorder of his works, one can find not only an excellent technical mastery, but also an attention to composition which is all the more remarkable. The balance of the materials is really not random, nor is the chromaticism of the palette; it obeys a harmony that, without being classical, is absolutely undeniable. The artist’s success is in the ordering of apparent disorder and the works exhibited here are large enough to make this clear to the observer.
Although there are some in profile, most of his characters are presented from the front. All of Méné’s works are inhabited by humanoid characters, often said to have descended from some flying saucer, and yet they seem to belong to the same world as ourselves. Because it's the human condition that's in question here, of man, his kingdom, his community and his immediate environment.
The titles of these paintings are very evocative and reinforce our feelings of well-being and recognition. So is it with his "Earth of Men", that the artist in his beatitude tells us, or in "Land of Love", that these places that will never be dark, these spaces of freedom where the artist reflects, indicate a fundamental optimism which, while not overstated is no less sensitive and easily perceptible. There is at least, by exception, "A vision of another world", whose hosts are more birds or fish than humans. This world is not scary, it is just different, other, and it does not seem to affect the artist anymore; he does not suggest anything to us, allowing us to draw our own conclusions. Blues or pastels invite our eyes and suggest other approaches of these spaces of which only the artist has the key.
"Dream World", the title given to this series is very consistent despite the apparent dissimilarities among the works. Is it a world the artist saw in a dream and hastened to transpose it on the canvas or is it the world he dreams of, but has never seen? No one will ever know if it's a vision of the past or of the future that it thus offers to our lust and to the lucubrations of our souls.
The colorful universe of Méné transports us and gives us so much pleasure, so many pretexts for sweet dreams that we are ready to follow, without thinking too much of the consequences, because we know his benevolence as a man and as an artist.
In this state of suspension of the active consciousness in which he engulfs us, crossing his universe brings us joy, strength and beauty and, somewhere, helps us to forget the real world that surrounds us and that makes us too rarely happy. Let us hasten to embark on this sweet ferry, like a boat on the limpid and quiet ocean and trust the rower, he knows the pitfalls, he knows the currents, he knows the way, he is initiated".

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

2019
- Duo Show "Dream World", OOA Gallery, Barcelona, Spain 
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 - My reflect - 2019 - 94cm H x 122cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Méné - Tous en coeur - 2019 - 94cm H x 122cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Méné - It will never dark - 2019 - 119cm H x 143cm W - Acrylic on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. 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: 3.600€ - INFO
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. Méné - Pélerin - 2018 - 130cm H x 150cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Méné - Bleu passion - 2018 - 100cm H x 88cm W - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - Price: 2.000€ - INFO
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. Méné - Terre des Hommes II - 2018 - 130x130cm - Acrylic and natural pigments on canvas - Price: 3.600€ - 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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