Dominique Zinkpè’s multidisciplinary practice underscores the tensions that have arisen from the amalgam of religion, animism, and indigenous traditions with contemporary culture. His sculptural work fuses the figurative with organic and natural elements, creating human-animal hybrids influenced by Beninese history and masquerade culture. Since 2006, his sculptures have been characterized by the use of traditional Ibeji figures, the orisha of divine twins, forming links between the traditional and contemporary, and the secular and sacred. Zinkpè’s disquieting paintings and drawings represent a more intimate aspect of his work. Born from his own experience and beliefs, one can also sense the influence, as asserted by the artist, of Jean Michel Basquiat or Francis Bacon.
Zinkpè’s work was recently exhibited in Africa: Le Grand Festin, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Vienna (2017). He is also the recipient of the Prix Jeune Talent Africa (1993), and the Prix Umeoa at the Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art African Contemporain, Dakar (2002).