Tôkpéou Gbaguidi has worked as a visual artist since 1998. He uses paintings, installations, and sculptures to convey his messages. His works have been exhibited in Benin, Nigeria, Kenya, UK, France, Poland and Germany- his residence today.
Tôkpéou, born January 20, 1975 in Porto Novo, Benin, originally studied computer science. He later gave up his profession as programmer and graphic artist in order to fulfil his desire, quench his curiosity and realize his need to communicate through his art.
His artistic reflections, thoughts and concepts are the product of his surrounding environs. He is inspired by observations of daily life occurrences, nourished by numerous political and cultural elements.
The sculpture "Untitled" is part of a larger installation entitled "Aux larmes qui coulent" (The Tears That Are Shed). The installation symbolizes a refugee boat. The nameless person is one of those who lost their lives while fleeing political or economic constraints.