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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 35 years, October Gallery has pioneered the development of the Transvangarde - the trans-cultural avant-garde.


Alexis Peskine

Born in Paris in 1979, Alexis Peskine holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University, Washington, DC and a Master of Arts in Digital Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from M.I.C.A., Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He has won a number of prizes including the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

Early on in his life, Peskine was exposed to questions of identity: his grandfathers, Boris, a Jewish engineer survived a concentration camp, and Antonio, an Afro Brazilian carpenter raised his family in the inner city of Salvador, Bahia.

Peskine’s work is thematically linked to the ‘Black Experience’ and has been featured in many publications from books, to prestigious newspaper such as the New York Times, Le Monde, O Correio da Bahia or Libération. His powerful portraits literally nailed into wooden planks pay tribute to the many individuals undertaking the dangerous boat journeys from North Africa to Europe. Using several sizes of nails, he uses the nail as brushstroke. He drives in the nails at different depths to create a sense of relief and to introduce a third dimension. The nail for Alexis represents transcendence.  It expresses pain as well as the force of resistance.

Peskine’s works have been exhibited in the USA (New York, Washington, Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, Hartford, Minneapolis), Europe (Paris, Luxembourg), Africa (Dakar, Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Casablanca, Addis Ababa), South America (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) and the Caribbean (Kingston). He has participated in many renowned international exhibits including the 3rd Black Arts World Festival in Dakar, Addis Foto Fest, Pulse New York, Casablanca and Dakar’s Biennales and Miami Art Basel’s Prize exhibit.

Soninké Whispers, 2017.

Under Construction

Mandjacko Souls

El Hadj

Adieu, A Toujours, Aljana


Désirs, Desseins, Destiné́es

Boy Dakar

Age D’Or


Alexis Peskine

b.1979 Paris
Selected solo exhibitions
2015   Silent Stars, Devon House, Kingston, Jamaica
2014   Aljana Moons, SLP gallery, University of San Diego, California, USA
Galerie en Chantier, Vera Amsellem gallery, Paris, France
2013    Tellement au Dessus de La Franc,: Gallerie BE Espace, Paris, France
2011   Alexis Peskine, Adam Studio, Paris, France
Alexis Peskine ; International Identity, Galerie Nordine Zidoun Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2010   Vibrant: Essie Green Gallery, New York, USA
2009   Exhibit to coincide with conference on the dangers of skin bleaching, Paris’ 18th district City Hall, Paris, France
Négrifique!: Galerie Nordine Zidoune, Paris, France
2008   Alexis Peskine,Freedom Fried: G.R. N’Namdi Gallery Detroit, Michigan, USA
2007   Paris Noir: Reflections From The Dark Side of the City of Light, Obsidian Arts, INC, Minneapolis, USA
Cloué, Real Art Ways , Hartford, USA
The French Evolutio, Race, Politics & the 2005 Riot, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), New York, USA
Life Still, Artcore-NYC Gallery, New York, USA
Content & Characters Harriet’s Alter Ego, New York, USA
2006   The French Evolution: The Work of Alexis Peskine, Busboys and Poets, Washington, USA
Selected group exhibitions

1:54, Somerset House, London, U.K
Re-enchantements Dak’Art Biennale, the old court house Dakar, Senegal
Afrofuturism Short Films Program, Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, USA

2015   Prizm Art Fair, Miami Art Basel, Miami, USA
RITES, Zuckerman Museum of Kennesaw State University Atlanta, USA
2014   Ceremonies of Dark Men, Lincoln Theater, Washington D.C, USA
Permanent Collection, RAW Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
Addis Foto Fest, National Museum of Ethiopia ,Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2nd International Biennale of Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco
Afrikadaa, Dakar Biennale, Biscuiterie de Medina , Dakar, Senegal
Noir & Blanc/Couleur, Musée de la Carte à Jouer, Paris, France
2012   Issy les Moulineaux Biennal, Paris, France
Casablanca Biennal, Casablanca, Morocco
2011   Dias Paris, Mont Parnasse Museum, Paris, France
2010   Modernities and Resistances/To the World’s Blows: La Biscuiterie of Medina, Dakar, Senegal
2010 Fine Art, Cape Town, Johannesburg & Durban, South Africa
Permanent Collection, the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, USA
DD172 gallery, New York, USA
On The Roof, Arena corner & Guests, Arles, France
Alexis Peskine & John Waxxx, Ohlala gallery & lounge, Paris, France
2009   Untitled (group photo exhibition), Galerie Intemporel, Paris, France
2008   Transformers, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA
Politique, Musique, Témoignages, Débats, Agapes, Beaux-Arts for Fulbright’s 60th birthday, Réfectoire des Cordeliers, Paris, France
National Black Fine, Art Show, New York, USA
Galerie Intemporel, Paris, France;
Galerie Bourbon-Lally, Haiti
Garveyism, Rush Arts, New York, USA
2007   Martin Luther King Jr; Life, Times and Legacy, The Amistad Center, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA
2005   Intro Spective, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA
2004   Masters of Arts in Digital Arts Thesis Show: Maryland Institute College ofArt, Baltimore, USA
Black: The Race, The Culture, The Class: Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA
2003   National Black Fine Art Show, New York, USA
Kenkebela House, New York, USA
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