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Founded in 1979, October Gallery, in central London, exhibits innovative, contemporary art from around the world. For over 40 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.

Ata Emit
(to whom Belongs the Universe),


Tilo Ndin Ngo

Tilo Ndin Ngo

Tass Yakar
(The One Who Broke People’s Hope)

Matu Na Mabele



Passage (Iemanjá's Tears)



Ndo Koussou Bé Adatsi



Futa Tooro


Soninké Whispers

Boy Dakar

Time & Essence

Mwasi Na Sánzá

Bahia De Todos Os Orixás.

Aljana Moons - Doudou

Aljana Moons - Twins Carriage

Aljana Moons - Twins Sleeping

Aljana Moons

Oxaláland 1

Oxaláland 4
Limited Edition Prints

PRINT edition of 25


Mwasi Likoló
PRINT edition of 25


Alexis Peskine

b.1979 Paris
Selected solo exhibitions
2017   Alexis Peskine: Power Figures, October Gallery, London, UK
2016   Raft of Medusa: Le Retour de la Vague, Galerie Le Manège, Institut Français, Dakar, Senegal
2015   Silent Stars, The Devon House Mansion, Kingston, Jamaica
2014   Aljana Moons, SLP Gallery, University of San Diego, California, USA
une galerie en chantier, des artistes qui partent en live, Galerie Véra Amsellem (re-named 5 Contemporary Art Gallery), Paris, France
2013   Tellement au-dessus de la France, Galerie BE Espace, Paris, France
2011   Alexis Peskine, Adam Studio, Paris, France
Alexis Peskine: International Identity, Zidoun- Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
2010   Vibrant, Essie Green Gallery, New York, USA
2009   Alexis Peskine, exhibit coincided with Paris City
Council campaign against skin bleaching, 18th arrondissement City Hall, Paris, France
Négrifique!, Galerie Nordine Zidoun, Paris, France
2008   Alexis Peskine, Freedom Fried, N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art (formally G.R. N’Namdi Gallery), Detroit, USA
2007   Paris Noir: Reflections From The Dark Side of the City of Light, Obsidian Arts Center, Minneapolis, USA
Cloué: Bound by History, Class and Color, Real Art Ways, Hartford, USA
The French Evolution, Race, Politics & the 2005 Riot, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), New York, USA
Life Still, Art core - 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 D.C., USA
Selected group exhibitions
2018   In their Own Form, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, USA
2017   Transvangarde 2017, October Gallery, London, UK
Dandy Lion: (Re) Articulating Black Masculine Identity, Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Miami, USA
Frieze New York, New York, USA, with October Gallery, London, UK
Art Paris Art Fair, Paris, France, with October Gallery, London, UK
Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa, with October Gallery, London, UK
Afriques Capitales, 100% Afriques, La Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France
2016   1:54 Contemporary Art from Africa with October Gallery, Somerset House, London, UK
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, USA
RITES, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, USA
2014   Ceremonies of Dark Men, Lincoln Theatre, Washington D.C., USA
RAW Material Company, Dakar, Senegal
Addis Foto Fest, National Museum of Et-a, 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 Biennale, Paris, France
1st Biennale Internationale de Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco Casablanca Biennale
2011   Dias Paris, Musée du Montparnasse Paris, France
2010   Modernitiés and Résistances/To the World’s Blows: Biscuiterie de 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
Rencontres d’Arles : On the Roof, Arena Corner, Arles, France
Alexis Peskine & John Waxxx, Ooh La La 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 Anniversary, Réfectoire des Cordeliers, Paris, France
National Black Fine Art Show, New York, USA touring to: 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 of Art, 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 Kenkeleba House, New York, USA
2007   Hennessy Black Masters Art Competition
2004   Fulbright Scholarship, The Franco-American Exchange Commission
2003   Betti Robinson Leadership Scholarship
2002   Verizon HBCU Student Art Competition
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