Jean-Baptiste Djeka was born in Bouaké, the second largest city in Côte d’Ivoire in 1981. In 2003 he earned a technical diploma in Applied Arts from the School of Applied Arts of Bingerville, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). He is a painter, sculptor and photographer. In 2009 he won the Grand Prix Guy Nairay of Photography Award organized by the Houkani Guyzan Gallery. Djeka took his first steps as a painter with renowned artists, such as Augustin Kassi, Diomande and Fadairo. For Djeka each canvas is a permanent reflection, a new challenge for the spectator to lose him/herself in the symbolic system on the meaning of the work. This interrogation is owed to the fact that Djeka makes use of all techniques (acrylic resin, oil, natural pigment, collage) to realize his creations that he draws from the Akan Waoulé (Baoulé) to bridge cultures. In his own words « any culture, whatever the origin, native, foreign or extraterrestrial, belongs to everyone as soon as it sets foot on earth.» Through his works, Djeka represents and speaks of the transformation of culture based on its origin, which is the quest of every human being. He relies heavily on the African esoteric inheritance, ancestors, symbols, and masks to express himself. Painter and sculptor, Djeka uses a pasting and casting practice with ease that makes it possible for him to create movement and tension in his paintings. He participates in many local exhibits and shows in galleries on the African continent. In 2019, he participated in ART Madrid fair, Spain and START art fair, London. Selected Solo Exhibitions 2019 | Gallery Amani, ‘Tribal Concepts’, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2017 | Le Centre, Cotonou, Bénin 2017 | Galerie Houkami, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2016 | Acielouvert, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire Selected Group Exhibitions 2019 | START art fair, London, UK 2019 | ART Madrid art fair, Spain 2019 | ODA, ‘In The Light’, Franschhoek, South Africa 2019 | Sofitel Hôtel Ivoire, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2018 | Agadir art fair, Morocco 2018 | ‘Solstice’, ODA Gallery, Franschhoek, South Africa 2018 | Goethe Institut, Cote d’Ivoire 2016 | Museum of Contemporary Art, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2016 | MASA, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2016 | Biennale DAK’Art, Dakar, Sénégal 2013 | Serengeti Gallery, Washington DC, USA 2013 | FESPACO, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 2012 | SIAPA, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2008 | Palais de la Culture, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2007 | Galerie Le LABE, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2006 | ART d’IVOIRE, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire 2004 | Musée des Civilisations, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
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