Born in 1990, she lives and works in Paris, France and Abidjan, Ivory Coast.


Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien is a visual artist who works in sculpture, embroidery, performance, installation and video. 

She crosses forms and mediums, juxtaposes them and creates assemblages, a kind of plastic cartography playing on the multiplicity of cultural references and the profusion of meanings. Industrial materials such as aluminium, copper and brass meet in an unexpected cohabitation with natural elements such as raffia fibre, rope, wood and shells. 

Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien thus delimits spaces specific to rituals that allow her to develop her performative practice in which she endeavours to tell poetic stories and narratives while re-enacting a real and fantasised "tradition". A plastic syncretism that questions her multiple identity between Ivorian and Creole culture. 


Trained at the École des Beaux-arts de Paris - Cergy, she was selected for the 61st Salon de Montrouge in 2016. The artist has had several solo exhibitions such as at the Primo Marella Gallery in Milan in 2019, at CAC La Traverse in 2020. She also participated in 2019 in the exhibition Herstory, at the MAC VAL, at the 38th International EVA Biennial in 2018, at the MOCA of Brescia in Italy and at the FRAC Ile de France in 2020. Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien will exhibit in 2021 at the Orangerie du Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. 








Personal exhibition, l’Orangerie du Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, France



Le temps d’un instant, CAC La Traverse, Centre d’art Contemporain, Alfortville, France



Exposition personnelle, 50 Golborne Gallery, London, United Kingdom

Jardin privé, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France

Exposition personnelle, Primo Marella gallery, Milan, Italy



On fait des dessins dans la terre, 31 PROJECT, Paris - France – curated by Eva Barois De Caevel



When The Globe is Home, La Gallerie delle Prigioni de Treviso - Museum of Trevise, Italy - Curated by Claudio Scorretti, Irina Ungureanu

The Haptic Eye II Tactile Visions, London - Berlin - Curated by Mark Gisbourne

24h de la création, FRAC Île-de-France: Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain - France

24h de la création, Musée du Centre Pompidou, Paris - France

Le jour d’après - Festival d’art Contemporain, Beffroi de Montrouge - France - Commissariat : Ami Barak

1-54 Art fair, Somerset House, London - United Kingdom

Geographia, Sargent’s Daughters, New York - USA

Art Theorema - Imago Mundi Highlights with the support of the BENETTON foundation & Fabrica, Museo di Treviso -  Italy



Africa Now, Museum d’art Contemporain - MOCA Brescia - Italy

Bienvenue Art fair, Cité internationale des arts, Paris - France

AfroCentric as Europe -Talk/exhibition for the symposium On the Matter of Blackness in Europe co-organisé par Dr. SA Smythe (UCLA) and Dr. Vanessa Thompson (Goethe University, Frankfurt) at the UCLA School of Art Los Angeles - USA

Les Traversées du Marais, Cité internationale des arts, Paris - France

Herstory, MAC VAL Musée d’art Contemporain, Vitry-sur-Seine - France, Commissariat : Julie Crenn, Frank Lamy, Pascal Lièvre

Production of space II, Gand -  Belgium

1-54 art fair, 50 Golborne gallery, Miami - USA


Artissima art fair, 50 Golborne gallery, Primo Marella Gallery, Turin - Italy

Soft Power, Centre d’art Transpalette, Bourges, France - Curated by Julie Crenn

Recreative short film screening, South London Gallery, London - United Kingdom

Le costume pour ébranler les codes et la doxa, Le Centre - by Dominique Zinkpé et la galerie Vallois, Fondation Zinsou - Benin - Curated by Madeleine Filippi

The Black Sphinx II, Primo Marella gallery, Milan - Italy

38e Biennale EVA Internationale, Limerick city - Ireland - Curated by Inti Guerrero

12e Biennale, La Graineterie Centre d’art Contemporain de Houilles - France

ArtBall, Amreaf Health Africa A/D/O Design Institute, New York - USA - Commissariat : Atim Oton

I’am what I’am, ici.gallery, Paris - France - Curated by Julie Crenn



Prélude de la pensée du tremblement, Diamètre, Jeune création, Espace d’art Les Grands voisin, Paris - France

La pensée du tremblement, Diamètre, Jeune création,  Espace d’art Les Grands voisin, Paris - France

Royaltrash - Commissariat : Giulia Casalini, London, United Kingdom by Cuntemporary.org, 

Trame(s), La galerie Épisodique, Paris - France

Viens, mais ne viens pas quand je serai seule, YGREC ENSAPC Galerie, Les Grands Voisin, Paris - France

L’élargissement des fantasmes - Curated by Eva Barois De Caevel, Maëlle Galerie, Paris - France

 Le quatrième sexe, La galerie Le Cœur - Curated by Marie Maertens, Paris - France


Autour du jeu, 59 Galerie, Culturia group, Rivoli, Paris - France

61e Salon de Montrouge - France - Curated by Ami Barak, Marie Gautier


Film au cinéma La clé - Commissariat : Michèle Waquant, Paris - France

Mille Feuillets V, YGREC, Drawing Now, Salon du dessin Contemporain, Paris - France



Minimenta, Dorothy’s Galerie - finissage d’exposition, Paris - France

Festival - Résous moi! je suis le lien que je tisse, Paris - France



La before, Musée du Quai Branly, Théâtre Claude Lévi-Strauss Kanak – l’Art est une parole, Paris - France

Exposition au Grand Parquet de Paris - France

Nuit Blanche, Centre d’art Le Carreau de Cergy - France

La Pulp art fair, HDC, Atelier Basfroi, Paris - France



Donne-moi de l’art, La maison de l’Afrique, Paris - France



Certaines sont pas mal,  Centre d’art Le Carreau de Cergy - France



Sun 3, Abidjan - Ivory Coast



La Cité internationale des arts, Paris - France



Bourse FORTE#2 pour Les Talents Émergents, Région île de France

(AIA) Drac Île de France, Paris - France



Finalist for the SAM Art Projects award 2019, Paris - France



La convocation (first selection), Paris - France

Arte Laguna (first selection) - Italy


Artiste Stelva in residency, Africa Now, MoCa, Musée d’art contemporain de Brescia, Italy

Collection d’œuvre d’art de la Fondation Benetton - Imago Mundi, Musée d’art contemporain de Trevise - Italy

Art Collection - Collection Anonyme - Switzerland

Art Collection - Collection Anonyme - Italy

Art Collection : Cathy et Artie Williams - USA

Art Collection - Collection Anonyme - Monaco

FMAC - Fonds d’art contemporain - Ville de Paris - France


2011 – 2016

ENSAPC École Nationale Supérieure d’art, Paris Cergy - France :

DNAP - Diplôme Nationale d’art plastique (Licence - Art)

DNSEP - Diplôme Nationale Supérieur d’expression plastique (Master - Art)







On fait des dessins dans la terre



On fait des dessins dans la terre, 31 PROJECT, Paris - France – Commissariat : Eva Barois De Caevel



ART-O-RAMA, Marseille