Born on August 21, 1947, at Zinvie, Fadairo is a Beninese master respected in the contemporary African art scene and indeed the world. He had a traditional education at the Art School in Amsterdam, returned soon after, and developed a unique language in trans materiality and texture. Fadairo’s oeuvre encompasses painting, installation, sculpture, and works in mixed media. He seeks to understand the media he employs, which range from the traditional to the highly unorthodox including chalks and natural pigments. His 3-dimensional figures are imaginative, emotive, and charged with immediacy. Fadairo’s perfect control of detail emerges and develops as the artist breathes life into various symbols and compelling themes. Fadairo’s work has been exhibited across Europe and Asia.

Selected Exhibitions

2022 Art du Bénin, D’hier et D’aujourd’hui, Cotonou

2021 Salon International D’art Contemporain Louvre, Paris

2019 Rencontre mondiale des Arts de Tokyo, Tokyo

2019 Rencontre Internationale de Peinture de Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou

     2019 Exposition H. Galerie, Mali

2018 Ségou’Art, Segou

2018 National Musuem of Mail

2017 La Rotonde des Arts, Abidjan

2015 UEMOA, Ouagadogou

2015 Gallery AD, Bamako

2014 Marché des Arts, Abidjan

2006 Dak’art, Dakar

2005 Contemporary Vision, Musée de Bamako, Bamako

2004 Expo Inagural du Musée D’art Africain, Bamako

2000 Art D’hier et D’aujourd’hui, Baden-Württberg

1999 Les Contemporaints, Brussels

1998 Century Collection, Piotrków Trybunalski

1998 Artefact, Abidjan

1998 Biennale des Arts, Dakar

1997 City Gallery, Atlanta

1996 Biennal des Arts, Dakar

1996 National Museum of Abidjan, Abidjan

1993 Graphollie, Abidjan

1992 Fedbenet, Paris

1992 Salon des Peintre Francophone, Paris

1991 Festival ADAPC Contance, Paris

1991 Festival de Verdaint, Paris

1991 African GEO Week, Paris


Title: Parchemin
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 120cm x 80cm
Year: 2012 – 2016

Title: Protection
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 160cm x 128cm
Year: 2022

Title: Vision
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 100cm x 70cm
Year: 2014 – 2016

Title: Les Presences Du Vide II
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 155cm x 135cm
Year: 2019

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