Pascale Marthine Tayou trained as a lawyer but abandoned his studies in the mid-nineties for art. Thus he is a self-taught artist. Today, he lives with his wife and their three children in Ghent, Belgium, where he also has his studio.
Since his debut as an artist, Tayou has participated in a number of important international exhibitions such as Documenta 11 (Kassel, 2002), Münsterland Sculpture Biennial (Münster, 2003) as well as various other biennials: Istanbul (2003), Lyons (2005), Venice (2005 and 2009), and Havana (2006).
Tayou has exhibited at prominent museums and exhibition spaces all over the world such as the Kunsthalle in Vienna, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Grand Palais in Paris, SFAI in San Francisco, Talpiot Beit Benit Congress Centre in Jerusalem, Tate Britain in London, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Toulouse, and the Hayward Gallery in London. He has had solo exhibitions at MACRO (Rome, 2004), S.M.A.K. (Ghent, Belgium, 2004), MART (Herford, Germany, 2005), Milton Keynes Gallery (Milton Keynes, UK, 2007), Château de Blandy Les Tours (Blandy Les Tours, France 2008), Benedengalerie Culturcentrum (Kortrijk, Belgium, 2009), the International Film Festival (Rotterdam, Holland, 2010), Malmö Konsthall (Malmö, Sweden), Gare Saint-Sauveur, lille3000 (Lille, France), Goethe Institut Johannesburg (Johannesburg, South Africa, 2010), and MAC (Lyons, France) in 2011.
Tayou was awarded the ARKEN Art Prize 2011.