Biography

Fahamu Pecou (b. 1975 in Brooklyn, New York) is an artist/scholar based in Atlanta, Georgia whose works comment on contemporary and hip-hop culture while simultaneously subverting it to include his ideas on fine art. Pecou earned a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and is currently a PhD candidate at Emory University’s Institute of Liberal Arts. His paintings, performance art, and scholarly work address concerns around representations of black masculinity in popular culture and how these images impact both the reading and performance of black male masculinity and identity. Pecou’s work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad and is featured in several private and public collections including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture; Societe Generale, Paris; Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University; The High Museum of Art; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Seattle Art Museum; Paul R. Jones Collection; Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries; and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. Additionally, his work has been featured in several texts including DEFINITION: The Art and Design of Hip Hop, an anthology chronicling the impact of hip-hop on visual culture, written by famed graffiti artist and designer Cey Adams; 5 Cities/41 Artists: Artadia O8/09, published by ARTADIA in 2011; NOPLACENESS: Art in a Post-Urban Landscape, published by Possible Futures in 2011;and In the Eye of the Muses: Selections from the Clark Atlanta University Art Collection, Clark Atlanta University, 2012. Currently Pecou maintains an active exhibition schedule as well as public lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and museums nationwide.

Individual works in the MOCA GA Permanent Collection: