Abdoulaye Konaté was born in 1953, in Mali. He lives and works in Bamako, Africa. He studied painting in Bamako and then Havana, Cuba. He’s a graphic designer and a conceptual artist. He worked for many years at the Musée National de Mali, was Director of the Palais de la Culture and is currently Director General of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasseké Kouyaté in Bamako.
During the 1990’s Abdoulaye Konaté shifted his primary focus away from easel painting and often employs textiles in his mixed-media installations. In 1996 he won the prestigious Leopold Senghor Prize at the Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar, Senegal and has exhibited widely in Africa and around the world. His work has been shown, for example, at Documenta 12 in Kassel (Germany) and was included in Africa Remix (2004), which toured to Düsseldorf, Paris, London and Tokyo.
In his large scale work he refelcts about social and political issues like AIDS, wars, ecological issues, human rights. He uses mainly large scale colored textile with graphic symbols on it. Colours’ re bright, for him in fact: “color is a potent conveyor of meaning”.
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