Essoh Sess Ivorian, b. 1988

An avid reader since childhood, literature, philosophy and the dialectics of language play a major role in Sess Essoh's life and work. In his increasingly abstract painting, he links history, sociology, and imagination to his art to focus his ideas on the places and means of achieving an ideal and liberation both tangible and longed for.

Born in Toupah (Dabou region in the south of Côte d'Ivoire) in 1988, Sess Essoh graduated from the National School of Fine Arts of Abidjan in 2012 with a Master's Degree in Art (Master II, option Mural Art). He lives and works in Abidjan, Bingerville where he has his studio and Dabou.

His current practice is invested in the exploration of his socio-political environment and a society losing its bearings and values, as he feels it through his readings, his discussions with friends and debates on social networks. The artist questions our collective memory, using a process of collages and graphemes that he places either on sometimes unexpected supports (cardboard materials, pages of archives, etc. ...), or on canvas. These graphemes draw and suggest figurines, masks, statuettes and challenge us to go beyond pretences in search of new horizons, another chapter of History.