JOËL DEGBO​ was born in Paris. He lives and works in Aulnay sous Bois. A graduate of the School of Fine Arts (Beaux Arts) in Paris – he received unanimous honors by the jury – he is also a graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Nantes and followed a painting and video course in St. Martin School of London. Joël Degbo paints or films this wisdom known to all: “the past informs the future.” Through his videos, he shows the present at work, the instant: the destruction of a building, the construction of a boiler room… The images of these seemingly insignificant subjects do not leave us and eventually have us questioning our definition of heritage. By contrast, painting shows a state of being, where the past, present and future are mingled: we see abandonment, the decomposition of a carcass on the edge of a road, plants grow; it speaks of nostalgia, a feeling shared by all, regardless of where you grew up. The light in all this allows us to renew our gaze, it is like a point of view or position. Here there are no humans, but their passing, everything is calm and the different colors of the night make the light.

selected work

JOËL DEGBO, Parking couvert, 102×122 cm, oil on linen, 2021
JOËL DEGBO, Assis sur le banc, c'est le banc qui devient célèbre, 110x140cm, huile sur lin, 2021
JOËL DEGBO, Chemin, non tracé, 103x122cm, huile sur lin, 2021

recent exhibitions