Paul Ahyi (1930-2010)
Born in 1930, Paul Ahyi strove to increase the world’s knowledge and appreciation of African culture, convinced that cultural diversity was a key to dialogue between peoples. His works, recognized not only on the African continent but throughout the world, were shown in West Africa, New York, the United Nations, Paris, the Republic of Korea, China, Canada, Italy and Japan. In recognition of the contribution he made through his art to UNESCO’s ideals, he was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace on 10 September 2009.
Mr Ahyi had received a number of other honours: the Médaille d’Or des Métiers d’Arts in Paris (1961), Officer of the Ordre du Mono in Togo (1970), Commander of the Palmes Académiques Françaises (1985), Officer of the Arts et Lettres de France (1985). He wrote several books including "La réflexion sur l’art et la culture" and "Togo, mon cœur saigne".