Rafiy Okefolahan was born in 1979 in Porto Novo, Benin. His inspiration? Rafiy draws on what he calls "the noise of the world". Highly influenced by news (problem of migrants, riots, social chaos, etc.), his paintings are the screen on which he projects what he sees, what he dreads, what he wants to denounce. He sees his art as a way to put order in the chaos of reality, to fight against oblivion and never forget. The cultural effervescence of Africa is omnipresent in Rafiy's work, who is constantly seeking to build bridges between African and European cultures. Nomadic artist, his career took him from Togo to Nigeria and various West African countries, before he moved to Senegal for two years at the National School of Arts in Dakar. Today Rafiy works between Benin, Paris and Auxerre.
Exceptional colourist, Rafiy is also a material specialist who integrates into his paintings natural elements such as earth, sand or coffee grounds.More
2017: Individual exhibition at Gallery Charron, Paris
2016: Individual exhibition "Passage" at Lazarew gallery in Paris and Brussels
2015: Individual exhibition "Passion" in Geneve
2014: Collective exhibition in GAFRA gallery in London Individual exhibition "Explosion" at Lazarew gallery, Paris
2012: Individual exhibition at Gallery Out of Africa, Spain