The Man

Gbaguidi, Tôkpéou G.S.

  • This mixed media picture, consisting of canvas and hand-carved wood, is part of an installation 'Untitled'.
  • It embodies the image of a man and his relationship to women in society.

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  • Despite progressive equality, men are still privileged in many areas of life, both professionally and privately. This is shown, among other things. in that, in contrast to women, he carries out predominantly paid activities, i.e. does less childcare or household chores, is more often represented in managerial positions and, in proportion, earns more for the same tasks.
  • However, women (see mixed media picture 'The WomMan') also play a crucial role. Equality, as the word implies, requires a shared vision and effort of both genders. If men and women want to meet at eye level, compromises, insight or foresight and the ability to take a step back or step forward are required.

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.

Technique: Mixed Media
Surface: Cotton
Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Germany
Signed: Yes
Topic: People
Style: Contemporary Art
Image Size: 30 x 188 cm
Orientation: Portrait
Primary Color: Orange
Secondary Color: Red
Size: Large (upward of 120 cm)
Editions: 1 (Unique)

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