Born in Madagascar

EFIAIMBELO FAMILY

Efiaimbelo, Madagascan sculptor deceased in 2006, owned his knowledge to his great grandfather Soroboko. Over the years, he developed his art and passed it on to his son Jacques Jean Efiaimbelo, and his grandson Jean Colomb Efiaimbelo, their turn becoming “disciples” of the art. Today, only five members of the clan perpetuate this unique practice in the same style as their distinguished inspirer. 
The descendants of Efiaimbelo, members of the Temaromainte clan live on the land of their Ancestors, amongst the “invisible”, in Androka. Their homes consist of a couple shacks protected by thorn trees and cactuses. The sculptures of Efiaimbelo were exhibited for the first time in 1989 in a show entitled “Magiciens de la terre” at the Grande Halle de la Villette, in Paris.

solo shows

2018
- Aloalo, Mahafaly Mahafaly Sculptures of the Efiaimbelos, Galerie Perrotin , New York
- Aloalo, Mahafaly sculptures des Efiaimbelos, Galerie Perrotin, Paris
 

group shows

2018
- Madagascar, Arts de la Grande Île, Musée du Quai Branly Jacques Chirac, Paris, France (curateur: Aurélien Gaborit)

2012
- Africa / Africa, Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, France

2011
- Art Paris, Just Art! Grand Palais, Paris, France

2009 - 2010
- Africa - Una nuova storia, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italie (curateur: André Magnin)

2010
- African Stories, Marrakech Art Fair, Marrakech, Maroc (curateur: André Magnin)

2006
- 100% Africa, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Espagne (curateur: André Magnin)

2005
- Arts of Africa, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco (curateur: André Magnin)
- African Art Now : Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Houston, Etats-Unis (curateur: André Magnin)

2004
- Je m'installe aux abattoirs, La collection d'art contemporain d'agnès b., Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

2003
- Sculpture 2003, Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney, Australie

1998
- La Piste des Totems dans le cadre de la manifestion « Trésors d'Afrique », Foire Internationale de Boredaux, MC2a, Bordeaux, France
- Diadji Diop, Efiambelo, Alain Séchas, Galerie Perrotin, Paris, France

1994-1995
- Otro país: escalas africanas (exposition itinérante)
*November 15, 1994-January 15, 1995
- Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas, Espagne
* May-September, 1995
Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, Espagne

1993
- La Grande Vérité, les Astres Africains, Musée des beaux-arts, Nantes, France

1992
- Out of Africa, Saatchi Gallery, Londres, Angleterre

1991
- Africa Hoy / Africa Now (exposition itinérante)
- Atlantic Center of Modern Art, Las Palmas de Gran, Canaria, Espagne
- Groningen Museum, Groningen, Pays-Bas
- Contemporary Art Cultural Center, Mexico, Mexique

1989
- Magiciens de la Terre, Georges Pompidou Center, Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (curateurs: Jean-Hubert Martin, André Magnin)
 

Biblography

2018
- Galerie Perrotin, Aloalo

2006
- 100% Africa, Catalogue d'exposition, TF Editores & FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao Museum

2005
- African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection, Catalogue d'exposition, Merrell éditions

2003
- Otro país: escalas africanas, Catalogue d'exposition, par Simon Njami et Joëlle Busca

2000
- Madagascar -Memorial Arts, Efiaimbelo par Monica Blackmun Vison
- Book†: A History of Art in Africa, Prentice Hall & Abraams éditions

1996
- "Contemporary Art of Africa ", Efiaimbelo by Paul Rabibisoa Ravoy, Edité par André Magnin and Jacques Soulillou, Publié par Harry N. Abraams

1993
- La Grande Vérité, Les Astres Africains, Efiaimbelo by Paul Rabibisoa Ravoy, édité par le Musée des beaux-arts de Nantes
- KUNSTFORUM AFRICA IWALEWA International (122), Afrikanische Kunst heute book, Texte par A. Magnin p.165, Efiaimbelo p.257-258

1989
- Magiciens de la Terre, Efiaimbelo par Jacques Lombard, Editions du Centre Georges Pompidou