Born in 1963 in Figeac, France. He lives and works in Paris and Dakar.

 

After graduating from the École Supérieure d'Arts Graphiques et d'Architecture Intérieure (ESAG Pennin-ghen) in Paris, Vincent Michéa moved to Dakar in 1986. In 1987, he exhibited his paintings and photographs for the first time at the National Gallery of Senegal. From this exhibition onwards, he worked as an assistant to the renowned graphic designer Roman Cieslewicz until 1991. Greatly encouraged by the latter, Vincent Michéa threw himself into painting profusely. Since 2008, along with the painter Moulay Youssef Elkahfai, Vincent Michéa has been teaching silkscreen printing at the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels (ESAV) in Marrakech, Morocco.

 

Vincent Michéa's work explore the notion of rewriting an image, present notably in his photo-collage work, which he describes in this way : « I cut, I slice, I sculpt, I make incisions, I snip, I rip, I amputate, I behead and I dismember... ». While this statement literally refers to the treatment of the material he uses, it also suggests his approach to telling the past and the present. Nothing - either paper, reality, time, nor history, is immune to the artist's act of dissection and reorientation. In this respect, his work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows.

 

Galerie Cécile Fakhoury in Abidjan, Ivory Coast dedicated him three solo shows, Que reste-t-il de nos amours (2017), De Punta a Punta (2015), and Je ne pense qu'à ça (2013). In 2018, his work was part of the inaugural exhibition at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury in Dakar, Senegal, Les Fantômes de l'Afrique - Siriel Rellik as well as of the travelling exhibition Making Africa, A Continent of Contemporary Design curated by Vitra Design Museum in New Mexico after Austin and Atlanta. He was featured in Pangaea : New Art From Africa and Latin America at the Saatchi Gallery in London in 2014, and in Vivre !! La collection Agnès b. at the National Museum of History of Immigration in 2016. The same year, his works were presented in the exhibition Qu'il est loin mon pays at Fondation Blachère in Apt, France and in In my shade she is engulfed at the African Studies Gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

Vincent Michéa's work is part of several international collections such as Agnès B, Paris (France), Saatchi Gallery, London (United Kingdom) and Mohamed VI Museum, Rabat (Morocco).

 

Selected exhibitions: L'Esprit du large, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury - Dakar (Senegal, 2019) ; Les fantômes de l'Afrique - Siriel Rellik, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury - Dakar (Senegal, 2018) ; Qu'il est loin mon pays, Fondation Blachère, Apt (France, 2016) ; Pangaea : New Art form Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, London (UK, 2014)  

 

Image: N° 03, série Fatou Pompidou , 2017