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Kodjovi Olympio

Kodjovi Olympio

Olympio was born and raised in Togo, West Africa, into a large family of eight children. As far back as he can remember, he has been creating. His first works were sculptures made from building scraps and found objects. He later transitioned to acrylic and oil on canvas.

In 2001, Olympio left his home in Africa to live in Paris. He then came to the United States in 2003 and currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

Painting, for Olympio, is following an instinct. It is discovering the internal balance of a piece and recognizing beauty when it is unveiled: a happy accident. Olympio’s work is honest and palpable. It is exposed, raw, and uncompromisingly direct. His work is rough and energetic, yet balanced by a peace and stillness that emanate from below the surface of each work.

Olympio’s work continues to be exhibited in the United States and internationally. His work has been exhibited at Art Basel Miami, where in 2018 he was ranked one of the Top 10 Artists at Art Basel by Red Dot Miami. He has also been recently interviewed and featured by France 2, TV5Monde, and the BBC.