Alexis Peskine, Shrine, 2016, Nails, moon gold leaf, mud, paint and varnish on samba wood, 250 x 250 x 50 cm. Courtesy the artist and October Gallery
Alexis Peskine, Shrine, 2016, Nails, moon gold leaf, mud, paint and varnish on samba wood, 250 x 250 x 50 cm. Courtesy the artist and October Gallery  

Alexis Peskine holds a BFA from Howard University, Washington, DC, an MA in Digital Arts and MFA from MICA, Baltimore and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2004. Peskine’s signature works are large-scale portraits which investigate a material dimension of resistance. His painstaking method involves hammering nails of different lengths and with pinpoint accuracy into wood, resulting in intensely visceral composites. The use of metal hammered into wood makes conscious reference to the Minkisi ‘power figures’ of the Congo Basin. Metaphorically connecting the nail to the Black Experience, Peskine depicts figures that portray strength, perseverance and self-possession, with an energy startlingly reminiscent of the Minkisi.

Peskine’s works have been exhibited internationally, including at October Gallery (October 2017); Afriques Capitales, La Villette, Paris (2017); Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2016); Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta (2015); Art Basel Miami, Miami (2015); Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa (2014) and Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, Casablanca (2012).