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 Ludovic Fadairo  (1947 - )

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Lived/Active: Benin      Known for: painting

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Ludovic Fadairo was born on August 21, 1947 at Zinvie and is a major figure in the narratives of contemporary art practice in his native Benin, as well as Abidjan and Bingerville in Cote d'Ivoire, where he lived for a number of years. Fadairo's oeuvre encompasses painting, installation, collages, 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, natural pigments and locally woven fabric. He often incorporates found materials, which are in themselves a work of time, history, and worship and have their place in daily or traditional life. Fadairo's technique involves mixing paints with sand and other local substances to add colour and texture - the process of manipulating becoming more significant than the material itself. He also adds recycled materials into works that fuse paintings with sculpture. Also visible in his paintings are prominent lines joining 2 or more separate canvases, that at once lend several layers of meaning to his work. Each painting captures inner images of an intimate and personal cosmogony expressing the essence of Africa, a continent laden with secrets, mysteries and deep symbolism. For the artist, "Time is not a straight line casting; the future precedes the past, the past impregnates the present, past and future become a couple - hermaphrodites." Indeed, matter and symbol merge in Fadairo's work to manifest the invisible giving it colour, rhythm and life. Source: Omenka Gallery

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