Gopal Dagnogo

Gopal Dagnogo was born in 1973 in Abidjan, Ivoiry Coast to an Ivoirian father and a french mother. His desire to creat and his interest for painting are present since his childhood. He was only in hight school when he move to France. He settled in Bordeaux where he continued to study. He obtained a diploma in visual arts. After this period, he went back to Africa in 1997, first in Ivoiry Coast and then in Burcina Faso. He lived in Ouagadougou where he learnt the traditional bronze techniques for three years. Enriched by this experience between art and crafts, Gopal returned to France but this time to Paris. In 2001, he distanced himself from painting and worked in an administration office. This parenthesis that ended in 2008 was for him a way to experience the reality of our society based on work value and its strangeness. It nourished his reflection and enabled him to become aware of the contradictions that caracterized our societies. The violence of our time, the alienation through work, the absurdity of unbridled consumption are themes of the work of Gopal Dagnogo. His paintings are the result of an intuition, the creation of hands that the artist lets express himself on the canvas.
Against social norms that consecrate work as a structural value of human existence, painting is a game for the artist. Once completed, the work retains the freedom and recreational energy of the almost automatic creative process with which it was conceived. The use of a vibrant palette of colors and the precise line give life to hybrid still lifes composed of various objects referring to fragments of daily life. In this pile of objects, we can indentify the double culture of its creator.

The empty bottles, gallinaceous and other animals lost in the canvas evoke a street of Abidjan, the silhouettes of Louis XV armchairs remind us a Parisian bourgeois interior. Some objects, like pairs of sneakers, have a more ambiguous place, they do not belong to any specific imaginary but constitute a common imaginary, globalized. These objects are signs of the language that the artist uses to tell the story of our time. To tell this period, he paints the meeting between cultures, between tradition and modernity, between the rural world and the city world. Almost always, the human figure is absent from his canvases although Humanity is the main subject.

Since 2010 Gopal has participated in numerous exhibitions in Africa, Europe, the USA and Asia. Recently, he participated in the 11th and 12th Dakar Biennials in Senegal, Dak'Art (2014 and 2016), the 1st Biennial of Kampala in Uganda (2014), the 5th Maiden Tour Festival in Baku, Azerbaijan (2014). ).

Gopal has also been invited to various artist residency programs, including ART OMI New York (2014). Some of his works are in public and private collections, including the Lisser Art Museum in Sassenheim, the Netherlands.

Collective Exhibitions

2020
• H-Gallery Paris, France
• Véronique Rieffel Gallery in collaboration with Carole Kvasnevski for Le Paris de l'art organised by the professional comitte of art galleries in partnership with Artsy, Paris, France
• OH Gallery , Abu Dhabi Artfair, United Arab Emirates
• Galerie Véronique Rieffel, ArtParis ArtFair Digitale , France

2019
• In-Discipline, Mohamed VI Museum , Rabat, Morocco
• AKAA, salon d’art contemporain Paris, France in partnership with Véronique Rieffel Gallery and with Les Maisons du Voyage
• Wild Joy, Skoto Gallery, New York, USA
• In-Discipline,Montresso Fondation, Marrakech, Morocco

2018
• KUNST RAI Art Fair, Amsterdam, Holland
• Entrer in the collection of Lisser Art Museum, Sassenheim, Holland
• Résidence Jardin Rouge, Montresso Fondation, Marrakech, Morocco

2017
• GVCC Gallery , Casablanca, Morocco
• AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France
• Afriques Capitales, gare saint Sauveur, Lille, France


2016
• International drawing fair of Amsterdam, Witteveen Gallery, Holland
• AKAA Art Fair, Paris, France
• 12th Biennale of Dakar, Senegal
• Witteveen Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland

2015
• Richard Taittinger Gallery , New York, USA
• Chisinau International Painting Biennial, Moldavia
• Roumanian Parliament, Bucharest, Roumania

2014
• 11th Biennale of Dakar, Senegal
• Art OMI Residence, Ghent, New York, USA
• 5th International Festival Maiden Tour, Bakou, Azerbaijan

2013
• Cotroceni National Museum, Bucharest, Roumania
• International Painting Biennial, Chisinau, Moldavia
• UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
• UNESCO regional office, Venise, Italy

2012
• UNESCO Art Camp 2012, Andorra
• Hotel Sheraton, organized by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Information, Koweït City
• Arta la frontier Frontiera artelor, Romanian Cultural Institute of Budapest, Hungary
• International Symposium of painting, Herczeg Fondation, Garana, Roumania

2011
• Ostraka Festival, Sharm el Cheick, Egypt
• Les passerelles, parcours d’artistes, Pontault Combault, France

2010
• Symposium “Taches-Tâche”, Saint-Lô, France

2009
• Le Sud Gallery , Zürich, Switzerland
• Triptyque, Mairie d’Angers, France

Personnal Exhibitions

2020
• OH Gallery, Dakar, Senegal

2019
• Mini Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
• Eric Dumont Gallery, Troye, France

2017
• Witteveen Gallery, Amsterdam, Holland
• Susse Frères Gallery, Paris, France

2015
• Le Sud Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
• Out of Africa Gallery, Sitges, Spain

2014
• Manufacture 45 Gallery, Rouen, France
• Eric Dumont Gallery, Troyes, France

2012
• European Parliament of Strasbourg, France
• Diversity Gallery, Abidjan, Ivoiry Coast
• No Smoking Gallery, Strasbourg, France
• Reg’Arts Confrontations Gallery, Rouen, France

2011
• Le Sud Gallery, Zürich, Suisse
• Reg’Arts Confrontations Gallery, Rouen, France

2010
• No Smoking Gallery, Strasbourg, France


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