SERGE HÉLÉNON

Born in Martinique in 1934, Serge Hélénon trained at the School of Applied Arts in Fort-de-France before progressing to The School of Decorative Arts in Nice.

During the 1960s, Serge exhibited his work at the same galleries as James Coignard, Henri Goetz and Max Papart, who collectively had many highly acclaimed exhibitions on the French Riviera.

In 1970, in collaboration with another West Indian artist , Louis Laouchez , he founded "the Negro Caribbean School” in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Their own production and their respective education left a lasting mark on their students. The ’Vôhou - Vôhou’ movement they helped to introduced, became a decisive milestone in the development of Ivory Coast contemporary art. Serge also went on to teach in Senegal.

Today, Serge works mainly with his sculptural forms. One can see his own story in the fragments woven into the sculptures.