Born in 1975 in Ketao, Togo. He lives and works in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
After having developed, at a young age, an artistic practice essentially focused on sculpture and assemblies, Sadikou Oukpedjo joins in 1998 the studio of Paul Ahyi in Lome, Togo. He then creates his own studio, 15kms from the capital, in the neighbourhood of Agoe Nyeve. Out of his works, which incorporate several traditional objects that he collected, he questions his cultural heritage through the prism of contemporary issues - political abuse of power, social inequalities and religious conflicts.
Over the course of time, he begins to paint as an aside of his work as a sculptor, and then starts numerous aesthetic and material experimentations. From the cement paper to the pastel highlights, from the use of chalks to the canvas painting, Sadikou Oukpedjo creates works with a whole new dimension, as his drawings are modelled in the style of the wood as well as considered as a fully-fledged medium. After a long stay in Bamako, Mali, the country of his foreign origins, he decides to settle in Abidjan, where he essentially dedicates himself to painting.
From 2014, when he returned from the Dakar Biennal, Sadikou Oukpedjo started a new series of works of which the half-human, half-animal figures interrogate the animal part of man and his relationship to the other. They have first been shown in 2014 at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London, and in 2016, this ongoing series was displayed at his first personal exhibition, Anima, at Galerie Cécile Fakhoury in Abidjan.
Sadikou Oukpedjo creates works which disturb and question, still exploring the ambiguous relation that man has with his animality, in an increasingly critical viewpoint regarding the supposed radical separation between them. His works were notably shown in 2018, for a personal exhibition, Mutation, at la Cité internationale des arts de Paris. Even though he keeps painting on canvas, his own questioning and attempted answers take the form of plastic innovations, whether it is through painting on mirrors or reverse painting on glass pieces.
Selected exhibitions: Des Hommes et des Totems, Galerie Le Manège, Dakar (Senegal, 2018), Les Fantômes de l'Afrique, in collaboration with Vincent Michéa, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Dakar (Senegal, 2018), Mutation, Cité internationale des arts de Paris (France, 2018), Silentium, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury, Abidjan (Ivory Coast, 2019), L'Esprit du large, Galerie Cécile Fakhoury (Dakar et Abidjan, 2019)
Image: 100 Titres #2, 2018