SOME ARTISTS WE WORK WITH
Hamed Ouattara is a Multidisciplinary artist and designer, Hamed Ouattara expresses himself through paintings, sculptures, and installations.
Starting from old metallic oil barrels, he transforms this raw material to give it another function. His artworks are innovative and extremely contemporary. Influenced and rooted in spirituality and ancestral African values, he wants to be an actor of the ambitious, visionary and creative youth who transforms everything that comes to hand into an opportunity. It not only participates in the preservation of the environment, but also in the construction of new positive African narratives.
His artworks have been presented in museums and galleries around the world.
Trained in the Collage of Art, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Ghana, West Africa. Kwame practised for years producing sculptures in wood and clay. He now in addition to sculpting produces fabric collages on canvas. Kwame believes that people have the capacity to become excellent human beings, living pure and harmonious lives, coexisting with all of creation. As a result he is inspired by the miracle of life itself. It’s beauty, complexity and mystery. In his work, Kwame invites the viewer to not only enjoy the image or object, but to come on an introspective journey with him exploring questions such as; what is our (your) experience here in this universe all about? Kwame does not attempt to impose any trend of thought, but merely challenge the viewer into looking and seeing differently. Kwame is always pushing the boundaries and experimenting with different materials, while maintaining a dialogue between traditional Ghanaian (African) image making and Modernism within a contemporary globalised world.
Foli Kossi Gérard TETE, was born in 1994 in Lome, his artist name Tesprit, because when he paints or sculpts it is his creative spirit that takes possession of him, the spirit of TETE.
After years of intense relationship with painting, Tesprit has developed a new technique based on recycling sandals commonly known as "DZIMAKPLAO" (Uneducated Child) in Togo.
This recycling work was born out of the Covid-19 crisis; a period in which, deprived of his financial resources, the artist turned to more accessible materials directly related to the condition of life of men in society. From now on, his style is recognized by the sculpture of sandals on canvas through the themes of childhood and the living conditions of street children.
Born in 1975 in Bobo-Dioulasso, the second city of Burkina Faso, I was brought up according to the traditions of my Dafin people. Very young, I became a "student" of a coranic school but I was, in fact, confronted with the reality of the street. This part of my history, this special link with urban life, and my family origins have been a real source of inspiration: the strength of my work. Vulcanizer by day, I created my first paintings and sculptures at night in the late 1990’s from tires, inner tubes and harvested objects from the streets. From 1999 to 2004, I made my first sculptures, paintings and large format works. Over the years, rubber, laterite, charcoal and bronze have become my materials of choice: creative media that resonate with where I come from, what I am, what I create.!
Valérie Cattin is a creative and passionate woman who has discovered her passion for creation of wastes based furnitures in Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, while walking in the street and traditional markets. Each new creation is a journey into her ultra-creative imagination. For her, nothing gets lost, everything changes, so she is always in search of wastes or spare parts, restores them to give them a second life. Her sparkling and eccentric creations will brighten your homes!
Sculptor from Bobo Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, Firmin SANOU uses the technique of the ‘cire perdue’ (wax) to shape his art pieces. He is inspired by history of the peoples, remembrance of slavery, freedom, human body shape and other Arts such as circus, dance and yoga. He loves to pass through his works a message of awareness of liberation and the image of a creative spirit of Love, Peace and Harmony. He currently exhibits in Guyana as part of the commemoration of the abolition of slavery.
Created in 2006, Lukare is an association of Burkinabe artists recognized as a pioneers of design in Burkina Faso.
Using a mix of wood and metal, they invented contemporary and mythic furnitures by incorporating parts like Dogons doors and Sun masks.
The association also manages a training centre where the working knowledge of wood and wrought iron is transmitted. Their success exceeds the borders, they are sold all over the world.
Anne Marie BOYER
After travelling extensively in West and North Africa,
Anne-Marie has been living in Togo for several years.
She particularly appreciates the area of Kpalimé where she finds her exceptional Woods that will become unique works.
Her strangling fig trees, drawn by nature, take us into a vegetal world where the shadow is light. Her calabash and bamboos lamps blend Oriental and African design. In her arts, everything is finesse and elegance!
Ousmane Kouyate is a Burkinabe mosaicist artist who uses the recovery of old enamelled metal utensils and transforms them into sumptuous furnitures and accessories.
For him, clearing out his city of scrap metal is a necessity.
He rides the streets of Ouagadougou and picks up the raw material from which he then shapes his furnitures. Each work is unique, requires a great mastery and a long work to achieve perfection. His work has already seduced many art lovers beyond the borders of West Africa.
Gaël Chapon, the color matchmaker, as he likes to say, likes to think of colors as dynamic entities endowed with a capacity to come to life, endowed with resources powerful energies.
His practice consists, among other things, in organizing encounters between different chromatic nuances, by juxtaposition, interlocking, ordering of colored surfaces.
He draws his influences in his travels. According to him, the colors of the world are a permanent and infinite show. His personal artistic career is rich and diverse (design, architecture, plastic arts).
His "great masters" are Mark Rothko, Paul Sérusier, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, Josef Albers