Toké Dan Houédo (SOLD)

Hugh Byrne


Oil on Canvas, 2008


143cm x 133cm

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Cyprien Tokoudagba began his artistic career as a restorer of the royal palaces of Abomey. Working first-hand with the remaining artefacts of royal power gave him exceptional access to the fading traditions and symbolic systems of the Fon kings. Himself an initiate of various vodun societies, his artwork was originally only found adorning the walls of vodun temples, but, since he began using canvas, in 1989, his haunting portraits of gods and the iconic representations of Abomey’s kings can now also be found in major museums around the world.
Tokoudagba’s work thus transmits into the present the traditional symbology of the Fon and the complex world-view it contains.

His work has been shown extensively, with exhibitions at the Pompidou Centre Paris, The Tate, The Serpentine and the Hayward, London, the Mori and Tobu Museums of Art in Tokyo and the Smithsonian in Washington to name a few.