Meschac Gaba was born in Cotonou, Benin in 1961. He worked as an artist there from 1991 to 1996. From 1996 to 1997 he studied at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Today Meschac Gaba lives in Rotterdam and Benin.
Since 1991 the artist has had a number of international solo exhibitions. Among his most recent presentations are Meschac Gaba: Tresses at the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005); Glue Me Peace at the Tate Modern, Level 2 Gallery in London (2005) and the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo (2006); and Tresses and other recent projects at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2007).
Meschac Gaba has taken part in a number of international group exhibitions since 1992. He was represented in the documenta 11 (2002) and in We Are The World in the Dutch Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale curated by Rein Wolfs. Furthermore, his work La Maison was shown at the Sydney Biennale: Zones of Contact and at the 6th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (both in 2006), and his works Sweetness and Museum Shop were presented at the Bienal de São Paolo entitled How to Live Together (2006). In 2008, Meschac Gaba organised the exhibition Glück – Welches Glück (Luck, What Luck) at the Hygiene Museum in Dresden.