Les Artistes

"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in Mali in 1953, he lives and works in Mali.

Konaté combines his painting skills with installation work to comment on political and environmental affairs. Two of the major themes in his work are the encroachment of the Sahel and the impact of Aids on society and individuals. Much of his large-scale work is textile-based, a medium that is more readily available than paint and also one of West Africa’s fundamental forms of expression. The medium – soft to the touch and assembled with such care – is at odds with the brutal subject matter of the work, but the contrast lends it even more power. Furthermore, for him, color is a potent conveyor of meaning, whatever the medium.