Tété Azankpo

Azankpo is an autodidact and a self-taught artist. He had to learn to fend for himself early in life, doing all sorts of jobs to make ends meet. He worked as a welder and metalworker, as a real estate agent - advertising houses for rent from posters on poles in the street, as a sign painter, and as a screen printer. His artistic career was launched in 1997 with Les Épouvantailsdes Champs (The Scarecrows of the Fields), a land art installation for which he mobilized young people from the surrounding area. On more than 2.5 hectares of uneven ground in the north of Lomé, Azankpo erected life-size sculptures made of wood and recycled materials - The first of its kind in the sub-region, it has attracted visitors from outside Togo.