Ernest Dükü | Artist

Prior to dedicating himself to transmuting dream sequences and readings into textural paintings, Côte d’Ivoire painter and sculptor Ernest Dükü worked as an architect and designer. According to Dükü, producing artwork is an act of unveiling; art exposes a visual language that exceeds words.

Texture, colour, and symbols are deeply interconnected in Düku’s practice. Traditional Akan signs are drawn into dialogue with those of Egyptian, Ethiopian, Caribbean, Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures and languages. Düku’s latest series Akiineh, deals directly with questions of memory, identity, the postcolonial socio-cultural condition, and religious syncretism.