SOME ARTISTS WE WORK WITH
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