Abdoulaye Konaté

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Abdoulaye Konaté (born 1953) is a Malian artist. He was born in DIré and lives and works in Bamako. Konaté studied painting in Bamako and then Havana, Cuba.[1]


Konaté worked as a graphic designer at the Musée National in Bweineramako. He was appointed to be the Director of the Palais de la Culture. Now, he works as the Director of the Conservatoire of Arts & Media in Bamako. He and his work have received several awards, including in 2002 the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mali and Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de France.[2]


Combining his painting skills with installation work, he comments on political and environmental affairs. The encroachment of the Sahel and the impact of AIDS on society and on individuals have been two major themes in his work. His questioning of the political, social, and economic scenes in contemporary Mali is evident in how AIDS, wars, ecological issues, human rights, and globalization affects all aspects of life and individuals within society. Much of his large scale work is textile-based, a medium that is more readily available than paints.[3]

Artes Mundi[edit]

In 2008 Konaté was nominated for the Artes Mundi prize. His exhibition included pieces such as Les Marcheurs and Tafo ou la force du verbe.[4]

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