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Rémy SAMUZ

Biography

Photo Remy SamuzRémy Samuz
Born in 1982 in Cotonou (Benin)
Lives and works in Benin
As a child, Rémy Samuz - whose given name is Rémy Sossouvi - amused himself by braiding and weaving miniature sculptures representing a multitude of characters. This passion, which no one understood at the time, earned him the reputation of being "a queer child". From there comes his pseudonym "Samuz", which comes from the French word S'amuser which means to have fun.

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In 2003, Samuz decided to devote himself to art, an activity that he combined with his studies of general mechanics, in the specialty of metallurgy. After training in fine arts in the workshop of the Beninese artist Dominique Zinkpè between the years of 2009 and 2012, he refined and perfected his technique of weaving iron thread which gives great rigidity to his sculptures, while maintaining their lightness.

His light, transparent and poetic works sometimes take the form of immense characters, with dignified and humble silhouettes evoking the gestures of humanity. It is movement and life in all its forms that this young and promising artist celebrates with his weavings of iron thread. His works invite both meditation and reflection.

Samuz is represented in Paris by the Galería Vallois, which has presented his works in various contemporary art fairs. In 2015, he exhibited in the Afro Brazil Museum in São Paulo (Brazil) and also, in 2017, received the gold medal in the sculpture category in the Francophone Games (Jeux de la Francophonie) held in Abidjan (Ivory Coast).

Education

2001-2006: Professional degree, mechanic
2009-2012: Fine Arts, Taller Zinkpè – Cotonou (Benin)

Exhibitions

2018
- September: Collective exhibition “Freedom”, OOA Gallery – Barcelona (Spain)
- May-June: Collective exhibition, OFF, Dak’Art, Contemporary African Art Biennial – Dakar (Senegal)
- March: Solo Exhibition “Conférences de Femmes”, French Institute – Cotonou (Benin)
- November: Collective exhibition AKAA Fair, Galería Vallois – Paris (France)

2017
- July: Gold medal, sculpture category, Jeux de la Francophonie – Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
- April: Collective exhibition “Paris-Cotonou-Paris”, Galería Vallois – Paris (France)
- Abril: Exhibition “Art Paris Art Fair”, Grand Palais – Paris (France)

2016
- June-October: Collective exhibition “Cinquantenaire du Centre d’Art Contemporain du Château de Tanlay” – Yonne (France)

2015
- September: Collective exhibition “Temps Modernes, la mémoire de l’esclavage et l’art contemporain”, in collaboration with the Asociación Fait à Cuba and the UNESCO project “La Route de l’esclave” – Paris (France)
- May-August: Collective exhibition of contemporary art “Africa Africans”, Museum Afro Brazil – São Paulo (Brazil)

2014
- September: Collective exhibition “Mickey au Benin”, Galería Vallois Sculptures – Paris (France)
- May: Collective exhibition “Bois sacré”, OFF, Dak’Art, Dak’Art, Contemporary African Art Biennial – Dakar (Senegal)

2013
- September: Collective exhibition “Sculpteurs béninois contemporains, de la tradition à la modernité”, Parcours des Mondes Fair, Galería Vallois Sculpture – Paris (France)
- February: Solo exhibition “Rémy Samuz”, French Institute of Benin – Cotonou (Benin)
- November-January: Collective Exhibition “Densité Génération Nouvelle”, Regard Bénin-UNIK Biennial – Abomey (Benin)
 

Artworks for sale

. Rémy Samuz - One love - 2018 - 192cm H x 112cm W x 22cm D - Iron thread weaving - Price: 2.400 € - INFO
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. Rémy Samuz - Liberté - 2018 - 188cm H x 120cm W x 21cm D - Iron thread weaving - Price: 2.400€ INFO
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. Remy Samuz - La joie - 2018 - 189cm H x 103cm W x 28cm D - Iron thread weaving - Price: 2.400€ - INFO
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. Rémy Samuz - Mama Mia - 2018 - 192cm H x 113cm W x 20cm D - Iron wire weaving - Price: 2.900€ - INFO
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. Rémy Samuz - L'unité - 2018 - 176cm H x 98cm W x 22cm D - Iron wire weaving - Price: 2.400€ - INFO
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6/12 - 20/1/2019: Exhibition "ANGELS" – ABOUDIA - Sadikou OUKPEDJO

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