Alexis Peskine Biography

Alexis Peskine’s signature works are large-scale mixed media ‘portraits’ of the African diaspora, which are rendered by hammering nails of different gauge, with pin-point accuracy, into wood stained with coffee and mud. By applying gold leaf to the nails he creates breathtaking composite images. He depicts figures that portray strength and perseverance, with energy reminiscent of the spiritually charged Minkisi ‘power figures’ of the Congo Basin. He also produces striking photography and video works.

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After a 2016 showing at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, Peskine had his first solo exhibition at October Gallery in 2017, with major exposure at international art fairs with the Gallery in the following years. Alongside this in 2016, Institut Francais, Dakar, Senegal held Raft of Medusa: Le retour de la vague, a solo exhibition of Peskine’s works. In 2018, his works were featured in the exhibition In Their Own Form at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago and Africa House’s Second Generation exhibition in New York.

He has been the recipient of many prestigious prizes including a Fulbright scholarship and Hennessy Black Masters Art Competition award. In the past decade, Peskine has worked with inner-city youth in France, Senegal and Brazil to create a number of monumental pieces, the largest of which was produced in France in 2012. Major museums and collectors including Peggy Cooper Cafritz; Laurence Graff OBE; the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, USA; The Harvard Art Fogg Museum, Cambridge, USA; Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, USA; and Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, USA, have collected Peskine’s works.

Text courtesy October Gallery.

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Ebandeli by Alexis Peskine contemporary artwork sculpture, mixed media
Alexis Peskine Ebandeli, 2023 Purple Japanese oxidised silver leaf, nails, black pigment and red hibiscus on wood
120 x 120 cm
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Nkunga Ya Luzingu (The Song of Life) by Alexis Peskine contemporary artwork painting
Alexis Peskine Nkunga Ya Luzingu (The Song of Life), 2023 Black pigment, hibiscus, archival varnish and palladium leaf on nails on wood
100 x 100 cm
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Tass Yakar (The One Who Broke People’s Hope) by Alexis Peskine contemporary artwork painting
Alexis Peskine Tass Yakar (The One Who Broke People’s Hope), 2018 Moon gold leaf, nails, earth, water, coffee and archival varnish on wood
150 x 150 cm
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Niñeen by Alexis Peskine contemporary artwork painting
Alexis Peskine Niñeen, 2017 Moon gold leaf on nails, earth, coffee, water and acrylic on wood
240 x 250 cm
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Constellation by Alexis Peskine contemporary artwork painting
Alexis Peskine Constellation, 2019 Moon gold leaf on nails, earth, water, coffee and archival varnish on wood
152 x 259 x 31 cm
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Tilo Ndin Ngo by Alexis Peskine contemporary artwork painting
Alexis Peskine Tilo Ndin Ngo, 2019 Moon gold leaf, nails, earth, water, coffee and archival varnish on wood
150 x 110 cm
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Zagô Gonda by Alexis Peskine contemporary artwork painting
Alexis Peskine Zagô Gonda, 2019 Moon gold leaf on nails, earth, water, coffee and archival varnish on wood
122 x 122 cm
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Mwasi Likoló by Alexis Peskine contemporary artwork works on paper, print
Alexis Peskine Mwasi Likoló, 2019 Coffee infused ink, screen printed on handmade Khadi Bhutanese Tsasho paper (100 gsm) with gold leaf
70 x 51 cm
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