Bethel Aniaku

Bethel Aniaku
Born: July 04, 1970, in Lomé, Togo
Education and Training: Self-taught artist
Group Exhibitions:
20 March 2009: Homage to Martin Luther King (Art space international), Atlanta (USA)
6 March 2009: French Embassy, for "FRANCOPHONIE", Washington DC (USA)
2002: National Assembly, Paris (France)
2002: Selected among 100 worldwide artists for the World Cup exhibition, Tokyo (Japan) and Seoul (South Korea)
2001: “Le chemin du partage", Rochelle (France)
2001: “L’école de Lomé”, Luxembourg (Belgium)
2000: “Atelier jardin de Sculpture”, Goethe institute, Lomé (Togo)
1998: Exhibition at ALLAD’art, Allada (Benin)
1997: Exhibition at FAR, art festival “La Rue de Grand Bassam”, Ivory Coast
1996: International Saloon of Visual Art, Mercure Sarakawa Hotel, Lomé (Togo)
1996: Chinese cultural Center, Cotonou (Benin)
1995: Afro-European inspiration, Pedacondji (Togo)
Solo Exhibitions:
2012: Parish Gallery, Georgetown, Washington, DC (United States)
2011: La Maison Française, French Embassy, Washington, DC (United States)
2007: Château Dillon, Dillon (France)
2007: E.U. Commission, Bruxelles (Belgium)
2006: Espace Amalgama Bruxelles (Belgium)
2006: Château Bourran, Bordeaux (France)
2005: Mbari Institute, Washington, DC (USA)
2003: Theater of “L’olivier”, Istres (France)
2002: Kyffausortr Gallery, Berlin (Germany)
2002: Gesamtverband des Einzelhandels, Berlin (Germany)
2001: German Embassy, Lomé (Togo)
2001: Gallerie du Medoc, Bordeaux (France)
2000: “Inspired by intuition”, French Cultural Center, Lomé (Togo)
Awards and Recognitions:
6 April 2012: "Picture of Home" Featured in a Washington Post article titled "Making Begonias Oppressively Brutish" in the Galleries section.
2002: Honor guest at the Documenta de Kassel by the German Embassy in Lomé (Togo)
2002: Issa Kouyate’s award at the sixth edition of “D’EWOLE”
1999: Sixth place award at the visual art competition organized by the PACIPE (Environment Protection Agency), Lomé (Togo)
1994: Fourth place award at the visual art competition organized by C.O.E, an Italian Barzio organization, Lomé (Togo)

Contemporary Art Museum of Hiroshima, Japan
B.C.E.A.O Bank, Dakar, Senegal
Tokyo museum (Japan)
Smithsonian (Washington, DC)

Painting requires continual research for me. I use the abstract to best capture present reality. My compositions play with color, light, space, and various materials. Day after day, I slowly add layers to my canvas, trusting my instincts over any particular idea. This process allows the true nature of the piece to emerge over time.


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