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Romuald Hazoumé was born in 1962 in Porto Novo, Republic of Benin, he lives in Cotonou and works in Porto-Novo.
In the mid 1980s Romuald Hazoumé began sculptural experiments with black plastic jerry cans, ubiquitous in Benin for transporting black-market petrol from Nigeria. He has worked with various types of media throughout his career, from discarded petrol canisters, oil paint and canvas, to large-scale installation, video and photography. Humorous and wryly political, Hazoumé’s work often engages deeply with local and international history to deliver incisive social commentary.
Romuald Hazoumé has participated in major group exhibitions, including Africa Remix (2004-2006), Düsseldorf, London, Paris and Tokyo, and documenta 12 (2007), Kassel.
Romuald Hazoumé is represented in the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC), Geneva, which was founded in 1989 by Jean Pigozzi and curated from the outset by André Magnin. It is the largest private collection of its kind and has helped many African artists to show their work in major institutions around the world.