In his pictorial work, Thierry Oussou reflects on the relationship between past and present, and envisions how drawing can function as a repository for culture. He is known for large works on paper which illustrate his ongoing interest in mining the past (languages, traditions and objects) for inspiration. Oussou is interested in commonplace, everyday life drawings – the kind that is barely noticeable yet ubiquitous, and highlights drawing’s nature as a universal human endeavour, a shared visual language of expression. In 2011, Oussou founded Yè art studio and continues to give art and visual culture workshops in institutions across Benin. Recent exhibitions include: Tiwani Contemporary (2018); 10th Berlin Biennale (2018); Cobra Museum of Modern Art, Amstelveen (2018); Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam (2018); Cargo in Context, Amsterdam (2017); No Man’s Art Gallery, Amsterdam (2016); Bradwolff Project Space, Amsterdam (2016); Witteveen Art Space, Amsterdam (2016). In 2016 Oussou was awarded the first Jacqueline van Tongeren Fellowship at Rijksakademie v. B. K and was nominated by the Dutch Royal Award for Modern painting in Amsterdam Royal Palace.