Barthélémy Toguo was born in Mbalmayo, Cameroon in 1967. Between 1989 and 1993 he studied art, first at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Abidjan, then later in Grenoble, and finally at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf.

Since the end of the 1990s, his works have been noticed by many critics and curators who have invited him to participate in major events such as Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1999 for Migrateurs (ARC, Paris); Jean-Hubert Martin in 2000 for Partage d’éxotismes (Biennale de Lyon); Pierre Restany in 2001 for Political Ecology (White Box, New York) and Okwui Enwezor in 2015 for the Venice Biennale, All the World’s Future.

In 2016, Barthélémy Toguo was one of four artists nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp and for this occasion he presented the installation Vaincre le virus! at the Centre Pompidou. In 2018, a personal exhibition The Beauty of our Voice, was held at the Parrish Art Museum in New York. Barthélémy Toguo presents in 2021 a personal exhibition at the Quai Branly, Désir d’Humanité. In 2022 he presented at the Biennale of Sydney a 10 metre long ink on canvas entitled The Generous Water Giant.

The works of Barthélémy Toguo are exhibited in many collections including those of the Musée National d’Art Moderne (Paris); the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami; the Perez Art Museum, Miami; the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; the Collection Agnès b, Paris and Bandjoun Station, Bandjoun. A recent commission was placed with the artist for four overdoors at the Rodin Museum, Paris.