Sokey Edorh

Sokey Edorh was born in 1955 in Tsévié, Togo. He studied philosophy at the University of Lomé, Togo, before his admission into the School of Fine Arts in Bordeaux, France. He lives and works in Togo.

His marked interest in African history and civilisations is reflected in his work.

With passion and patience the artist has collected signs, symbols and writings of different African tribes and developed a complex and elaborate symbolic alphabet system from them. His pictures are characterised by visual complexity and a wealth of materials. He uses the red clay of the African continent in his paintings and constantly experiments with new materials. Sokey Edorh’s paintings are apt comments on Africa’s complexity that strive to liberate the continent from common prejudices and clichés.