Romuald Hazoumè | Artist Bio

Romuald Hazoumè is one of Africa’s foremost contemporary artists and recipient of the prestigious Arnold Bode Prize at documenta 12. The artist’s astute and sardonically political oeuvre is realised in a diverse range of media, including multimedia installation, sculpture, video, photography and painting. Using the ubiquitous plastic petrol can as his iconic signature, Hazoumè undertakes monumental installations which act as metaphors of African place, history and identity. The petrol canisters bring to mind the Beninese men and women who ferry contraband gasoline between Nigeria and their Beninese consumers.

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My career is changed by me. The most important thing is how you work. If you follow money then no. But if you follow good quality and if you know what is better for you… That is why I still stay and work in Africa and I try to put our culture on top because that is what we know better than anybody. That is what made my career. I just show what I want to do because I know where I am from.

Romuald Hazoumè