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Seshie Kossi
b. 1979, Togo

Originally from Togo, Kossi Seshie began to paint intuitively on the ground, everywhere. From his childhood, expression through drawing became a necessity and then naturally gave way to painting. He forms, listens to his instinct and gives free rein to his sensitivity.

Abstraction as a pictorial form allows him to translate in a spiritual, mysterious and often unexpected way. Nature and traditions are his favorite themes. Travelling and living between Togo, Benin, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Senegal, Kossi occupies a considerable place in the world of visual art in West Africa. He has proven himself through individual exhibitions at the French Institute in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Bamako (Mali) among others.

Kossi has represented Togo at various cultural events and his works are in the private and public collections in the world.

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Regional solo exhibitions
International group exhibitions
Award winner

Artist Statement


In a world that is collapsing by the day, Kossi Seshie is no different from projects that can bring the tangled brains of capitalism, individualism, and short division together for a little while. For the artist, every day when the sun rises is a time for meditation and introspection.

He doesn't know where to turn because he despises hypocrisy and the corruption that plagues the society he lives in. He had lost faith in these erratic individuals. He feeds optimism, perseverance, courage, and dreams into his daily existence through working, spreading webs to birth images that cross his thoughts, abstract designs that hide a lot of meanings.

Seshie Kossi always draws on our forefathers' legacies and exhorts the generation to which he belongs to be aware of them right now, to reconnect with our roots, our sources, for we weave the new rope at the end of the old.


Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016 French alliance, Accra, Ghana
2015 French Institute, Bamako, Mali
2015 French Institute, Ougadougou, Burkina Faso
2008-2014 Blabla Club of Bamako, Bamako, Mali
2004-2014 Gondwana Art Space, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2012 Villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2005 Villa Sikakandra, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2002 'Spécialité Africaine Art', SNI, Lomé, Togo
2001 Golf of Lomé, Lomé, Togo

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018 Artist alliance, Accra, Ghana
2018 Dak´Art Off, 13 th Dakar Biennale, Mémoire Africaine Gallery ,gallery antenna, Dakar, Senegal
2017 Blabla Club of Bamako, Bamako, Mali
2016 Salon International des Arts de Ouagadougou, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2015 Selection for a group exhibition of West African artists, Denmark
2013-2014 Yartore Faso, Maison du Peuple, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2013-2014 “Journée de la fête”, Ministry of Culture, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2014 Art and Craft Exhibition, Sofitel Ouaga, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2010 Récréâtrale, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2006 Exhibition of West African Artists, Hotel Silmandé, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2006 Togo Independence Day, Ministry of Culture, Lomé, Togo
2005 Contemporary Art Prize Exhibition, Villa Sikakandra, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2004 The First Encounter of Artistic Creation, Maison de Journalisme, Lomé, Togo
2004 International Day Against AIDS, French High School, Lomé, Togo
2004 Exhibition at the Cultural Space Club 54, Lomé, Togo
2003 The First ARQ, Dényigba Cultural Center, Lomé, Togo
2003 “Color of heart, color of hope”, Hotel Sarakawa, Lomé, Togo
2003 Festhef, Assahoun, Togo
2001 Art on the Street, Cotonou, Benin
1998-1999 Golf of Lome, Lome, Togo


2018 Participation Award at the Dak´Art Off, 13 th Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal, Rencontre international de la photographie Bamako Mali
2014 Appreciation Award, Gondwana Art Space, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
2005 2 nd Place at the Contemporary Art Prize awarded by France Ambassador to Burkina Faso.