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tchif, 1973

about the artist

About Armano

Tchif is a self taught artist based in Benin. He throws himself into creation in an instinctive, emotional, sensual way. His hand is his favorite tool. Although matter and colour are at the heart of his paintings, he is not limited to this technique.


Tchif 's paintings, very colorful, make you feel like flying above some ancient landscapes, as if an archaeologist where some traces are like memories of successive stays on earth. Tchif gives us his spiritual vision of man's wandering on Earth, the existential search worn by initiatory steps along the course of his life.


His paintings give us an universal vision of the world. He likes looking at society with criticism and irony. He says ''I'm a citizen artist of the world...''

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Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakech, 2018;

Group Exhibition, Galerie Vallois, Paris, 2017;

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C., 2014.

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