Nampemanla Ivorian, b. 1971

Pascal Nampémanla Traoré was born in 1971 in Katiola, Ivory Coast. He graduated in communication from the National School of Fine Arts in Abidjan and worked as an art director in advertising for fifteen years. In parallel to this activity, the artist continues to create and exhibit until he fully devotes himself to it in 2015.


Pascal Nampémanla is a multidisciplinary artist who practices painting, photography, video, graphic design and performance. Since 1997, he has presented his work in numerous group and solo shows in West Africa. He has also exhibited at each edition of the Dakar Biennale since 2004, both in the OFF and in the official selection (Tel est le viseur, 2006).


Through his work, Pascal Nampémanla criticizes a materialistic and consumerist Western world, in opposition to the culture of sustainability and recuperation that he holds dear. The artist stages characters and silhouettes, at once figurative or fanciful, which highlight Mankind's confrontation with the evolutions of a world he sometimes cannot understand. Around this central theme, Nampémanla explores a variety of techniques and mediums that make his work a constant evolution.


In his series "Disparus sans visage", Nampémanla uses coffee grounds to create a succession of anonymous and dark faces, in contrast with the liveliness of the colours that occupy the rest of the canvas. Through these works, the artist fights against the individual and media tolerance to the violent consequences of migration from Africa to Europe.