Ernest Dükü, one of the most well-known ivorian artists around the world

Ernest Dükü will present MasKArade @ ANANZE Explorer, his first solo exhibition in Africa, from March 9 to May 12, 2018 at the LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery. Let’s discover him in few words.

Born in Bouaké in Côte d’Ivoire, he studied at INSAAC at the School of Fine Arts in Abidjan. He continued his studies at the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris. Then he studied Aesthetics and Sciences of Art at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne and after that he learned Interior Architecture.


His creative work is an interrogation to what he calls « the unspoken ones that clutter our memories »


Ernest Dükü articulates his work by convening a set of symbols, ideograms drawn in African mythology or ancient Egypt, in his childhood very marked by the learning of Akan symbols, in his readings and his observations of the contemporary world. These different artifacts, once assembled, give a pictorial result waltzing between 2 and 3 dimensions with works straddling between painting and sculpture. That’s why he names his work « sculpted painting ».


Ernest Dükü questions us about issues related to memory, identity – in a reading of postcolonial cultures – and core issues about history and animists and monotheists religions. An invitation to understand his works as places of divergence and convergence of viewpoints.

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