Rafiy Okefolahan

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Rafiy Okefolahan was born on January 7, 1979 in Porto Novo (Benin). Rafiy draws its creative force in thecultural effervescence of Africa. Nomadic artist, his path brought him from Togo to Nigeria and in various countriesof West Africa, until 2 years is installed in Senegal, at the ecole Nationale des Arts de Dakar. Rafiy is one of the first artists exhibited at the gallery.

The canvas is his screen, on which he plans what he sees, what he feared, he wants to denounce, in particularby drawing bridges between African and European cultures. Outstanding colourist, Rafiy is also a based matter artist, who incorporates into his paintings some of natural elements such as Earth, sand or coffee grounds.

RECENT SOLO SHOWS (selection)

2016 Passages, Galerie Lazarew Brussels & Paris
2015
Passion / Compassion, Mundus Imaginalis (Geneva, Switzerland)
Explosion, Galerie Lazarew (Brussels, Belgium)
2014 Explosion, Galerie Lazarew (Paris, France)
2013 Insights, Galerie Out Of Africa (Sitges, Spain)
2012
Résistances, Galerie Out Of Africa (Benasque, Spain)
Appels, Galerie Lazarew (Paris, France)
2011
Galerie LdeO&Co, (Paris, France)
Maison Galilée (Genappes, Belgium)
Appels, Galerie Lazarew (Paris, France)

RECENT GROUP SHOWS (selection)

2014 Gallery Gafra (London, UK)
2012
Espace ABC (Cotonou, Benin)
Echange "L’un dans l’autre" (Paris and Cotonou)
"Festival Afrique" (Lille, France)
Galerie Kartner (Paris, France)
2011
Galerie Mémoire à venir (Paris, France)
« Forest », Galerie Triangle Bleu, (Stavelot, Belgium)
Château de Villiers (Draveil, France)

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2015 Interférences (Auxerre, France)
2014 Asiko (Dakar, Sénégal)
2013 PAVI – Password Art Video International Elowa Master Class (Cotonou, Bénin)
2013 Video Art Bakery Bonendale (Douala, Cameroun)
2011 Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, France)
2009 FAIVA – Festival Africain d’Images Vituelles Artistiques (Bamako, Mali)

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Cotonou International Airport, Benin
Musée Fort Galant Wanbrechie, France

Fundacio Setba, Barcelona, Spain
Fondation Galiou Soglo, Benin