Pascale Marthine Tayou work mines popular visual culture and social practices, using improvisational methods to construct installations relentlessly focused on the political and social conditions of postcolonial Africa.

He gave himself two first names Pascale and Marthine that he feminized. He studied law, hoping it would lead to a kind of purity, but fled the profession when he realized that the system was corrupt. He then turned to art, despite his suspicision that it didn’t exist. Tayou’s work is based on the premise that art cannot be separated from life. His site-specific installations recycle every kind of material, object, and image to testify to the continuous circulation of people throughout the world, their personal history and their culture. He refers to these projects as collective works, the result of that which he notices, of what happens to him in everyday life, a sum total of journeys, encounters, energy, chance and spontaneity.

Pascale Marthine Tayou
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Nkongsamba, 1966

Past Exhibitions

Sanguine: Luc Tuymans on Baroque

Fondazione Prada, Milan
18/10/2018 — 25/02/2019

Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva

Fondation Fernet-Branca
27/05/2018 — 30/09/2018

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Fresh Kiss

Galleria Bottegantica 12/04/2018 — 05/05/2018

Continua Sphères Ensemble

16/09/2017 — 19/11/2017

Pascale Marthine Tayou: Beautiful

The Bass
29/10/2017 — 02/04/2018

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Nkongsamba Country of birth: Cameroon Date of birth: 1966