Fahamu Pecou



Atlanta, based artist Fahamu Pecou overlays social commentary and hip hop culture onto the world of contemporary art with paintings and drawings that depict Pecou on fictionalized magazine covers and in staged photo shoots. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and scholarly work addresses concerns around representations of black masculinity in popular culture and how these images impact both black male masculinity and identity.

Dr. Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity and how these images impact both the reading and performance of Black masculinity.

Fahamu received his BFA at the Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2018. Dr. Pecou exhibits his art worldwide in addition to lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and universities. As an educator, Dr. Pecou has developed (ad)Vantage Point, a narrative-based arts curriculum focused on Black male youth.

Pecou's work is featured in noted private and public national and international collections including; Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture, Societe Generale (Paris), Nasher Museum at Duke University, The High Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, Paul R. Jones Collection, Clark Atlanta University Art Collection and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.

Pecou was recently named the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for the Atlanta Beltline. In 2017, he was the subject of a retrospective exhibition "Miroirs de l'Homme" in Paris, France. His work also appears in several films and television shows including; Black-ish, The Chi, and Lifetime's The 10th Date. Pecou is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation "Painters and Sculptors" Award.

Conduit Gallery Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2020 Fondation Montresso, Le Jardin Rouge, Marrakech, Morocco (solo)
  • 2020 Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN
  • 2020 Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Rancho Cucamongo, CA
  • 2019 Philadelphia African American Art Museum, PA (solo)
  • 2019 Michael C Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, GA (solo)
  • 2019 Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
  • 2019 Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn NY
  • 2019 Backslash Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
  • 2018 Weber State University, Ogden, UT (solo)
  • 2018 Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
  • 2018 Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, CA
  • 2018 21c Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2018 Lyons Wier Gallery, New York NY (solo)
  • 2017 Collection Societe General, Paris, France (solo)
  • 2017 Carnegie Center for Art and History, New Albany, IN
  • 2017 Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo)
  • 2017 Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC (solo)
  • 2016 National Center for Civil & Human Rights, Atlanta, GA (solo)
  • 2016 Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC
  • 2016 Mineapolis Institute of Art, Mineapolis, MN (solo)
  • 2016 Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
  • 2016 Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
  • 2016 Takashi Murakami Collection, Yokohama Museum of Art
  • 2015 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • 2015 Backslash Gallery, Paris, France (solo)
  • 2014 Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Atlanta, GA (solo)
  • 2014 State of the Art, Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AK
  • 2014 Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture, Charlotte, NC
  • 2013 Backslash Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2013 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • 2012 Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter, SC
  • 2012 Lyons Weir Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2012 University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh, WI
  • 2012 Mason Murer Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2010 Backslash Gallery, Paris, France
  • 2010 Grambling State University, Grambling, LA
  • 2009 Bell Roberts Gallery, Vlaeberg, Cape Province, South Africa
  • 2009 Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2008 Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
  • 2008 Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2008 Amistad Center, Hartford, CT
  • 2008 Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, NC
  • 2008 Volta 5, Basel, Switzerland, with Lyons Wier Gallery, NY
  • 2007 SWAB Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2007 Lyons Weir Ortt Gallery, New York, NY
  • 2007 Vankin Gallery, Atlanta, GA
  • 2005 High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  • 2005 Michael Martin Galleries, San Francisco, CA
  • 2005 Taller Portobelo, Portobelo, Panama