Gérard Quenum is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Porto Novo, Benin. He
began his practice as part of an emerging generation of artists in Benin who organized
spontaneous public exhibitions known as Boulev’art. Quenum has since developed a
distinct style that has garnered extensive international acclaim. Recent solo exhibitions
include Gérard Quenum: Rupture at the Fondation Zinsou (Cotonou, 2013), Dolls Never
Die at the October Gallery (London, 2012), and The Dragon Between Two Worlds at the
Museu Afro-Brasil (São Paulo, 2010). In 2013, his work was included in Art Twenty
One’s Blank Canvas exhibition in Lagos. Quenum has completed artist residencies at
the Ateliers d’Allonnes (France), the Kereva Museum of Art (Finland), and the Museo
Afro-Brasil (São Paulo). His work is included in the collections of the British Museum,
the Pigozzi Collection, the National Museum of Scotland, the Government of Benin,
Galeria Bernardo Marques, the Cantor Arts Center, the Fondation Zinsou, and the Africa
Museum, among others.