Henriette Marie Goussikindey : Artist Resume


Henriette Marie Goussikindey is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Augustin in Benin. She paints every day during the time allotted to personal activities, and often late at night. She teaches visual arts at the Institut national des métiers d’art, d’archéologie et de la culture of the University of Abomey Calavi.  She organizes drawing and painting workshops for girls, where she teaches basic techniques and explores color interactions. Her aim is not to impose a certain style or goal, but to accompany her students as they express themselves through art.

Soeur Henriette Goussikindey was born in Cameroon, but her family moved back to Benin when she was only four years old. As a child, she would translate every word with a drawing, driving her teachers nuts.

In 1994, she pronounced her perpetual vows. Impressed by her talent for drawing, her superiors allowed her to take art classes. In 1996, she was sent for two years to the Institut de formation artistique of Mbalmayo in Cameroon, where she took painting as well as ceramics classes. Back in Benin, she was assigned to the ornamentation of robes and altar linens and was a caricaturist for the Journal La Croix du Bénin. Feeling the urge to do more, she started painting small abstract pieces.

In 2005, Artistic Director Ousmane Aledji discovered her work and convinced her to show it to the general public. He organized a successful exhibition that launched her career as a professional visual artist. Since then, she has painted more than 300 artworks.

A multi-dimensional artist, Soeur Henriette engraves (she studied engraving in Canada during an artist residency in 2010), sculpts, and creates installations.

In Cameroon, she created a “Door of No Return,” in homage to those who lost their lives in their fight for truth and human rights.

Art Education

1996-98 Institut de formation artistique, Mbalmayo,  Cameroon

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2020
Amazones de l’ombre, Galerie Ludovic Fadaïro, Centre Culturel Artisttik Africa, Cotonou, Bénin
 2017
Echo du tam-tam intérieur, Best Western Hotel, Cotonou
 
2016
Afrique en fête – Azalaï Hôtel de la Plage, Cotonou
Identités et missions, Galerie Ludovic Fadaïro, Centre Culturel Artisttik Africa, Cotonou
 
2015
Voyage imaginaire, Agence Air France-KLM, Cotonou
 
2014
Mystère, Galerie d’Art Saint Augustin, Cotonou

2013
Art, support d’éducation, Galerie d’Art Saint Augustin, Cotonou

2012
Au bout de l’ancienne corde, Hall d’exposition des Soeurs de St. Augustin, Cotonou
 
2011
Qui suis-je, Côte Sainte Catherine, Montréal, Canada

2010
Histoire sacrée, Maison des Sœurs de Saint Augustin, Bohicon, Benin

2008
Noblesse, Galerie Ludovic Fadaïro, Centre Culturel Artisttik Africa, Cotonou
 

Collective Exhibitions

2018
Retour aux sources, Sainte Anne, Porto-Novo
Eduque action, Lokossa
Retour, Azalaï Hôtel de la Plage, Cotonou
Echange – Impact,  Musée de la Villa Kano, Grand-Popo, Benin
 
2017
Famille Education, Maison Mère Saint Michel, Cotonou
Perspectives, Hôtel Ivoire,  Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Eclosion urbaine, Centre culturel Ouadada, Porto Novo

2016
Week of Africa, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
Pouvoir au féminin, Galerie d’Art Saint Augustin, Cotonou

2015
Fusion culture, Embassy of Nigeria, Cotonou
Ileya Africa, Maison rouge, Cotonou

2014
Art 7/7 Retrouvailles, Médiathèque de la diaspora, Cotonou
Regards de femme, Maison Rouge, Cotonou
 
2013
Femme et monde, ABC Gallery, Cotonou
Solidarité – Artistes des Pays de l’UEMOA, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Hors les murs, Place des Martyrs, Cotonou, Bénin

2012
Diversité, Médiathèque des diasporas, Cotonou

2011
Identité au pluriel, le Gèsu, Montréal, Canada

2010
Porte ouverte, Festival Bénin
Restaurer l’Espoir, Art Biennale, Porto-Novo, Benin
Assainissement, Galerie Ludovic Fadaïro, Centre culturel Artisttick Africa, Cotonou
Kalevala, Finnish-African cultural center, Grand-Popo, Benin

2009
Launching of the Women’s Month, American Cultural Center, Cotonou
Rencarts, Place des Martyrs, Cotonou

2007
Energie vitale, Festival of visual arts « Miwo Nonvi », Benin

2004
Pollution, Boul’vart, Place de l’Etoile rouge, Cotonou

2001
Unity, Art gallery, Yaoundé, Cameroon

2000
Droits et libertés de l’homme en Afrique, Mbalmayo, Cameroon

1999
Africa, Centre de Promotion sociale Nina Gianetti, Mbalmayo

Residencies

2010 One year residency at Gesù, in Montreal, Canada

Awards

Laureate of the Trophy  Femme de l’Art”  in Benin in 2015
Awarded the Palm « Cardinal Gantin pour les Artisans de la Paix «  in 2019