Konaté first studied painting at the Institut National des Arts in Bamako and then at the Instituto Superior des Arte, Havana, Cuba, where he lived for seven years before returning to Mali.

Today, his work primarily takes the form of textile-based installations which explore socio-political and environmental issues, as well as showcasing his aesthetic concerns and formal language. The artist questions the way in which societies and individuals, both in Mali and beyond, have been affected by factors such as war, the struggle for power, religion, globalisation, ecological shifts and the AIDS epidemic. Employing material native to Mali, namely woven and dyed cloths which are sewn together, the artist creates large-scale abstract and figurative compositions. Konatérefers to the West-African tradition of using textiles as a means of commemoration and communication, balancing global political and social reflections with a reference to his own local and cultural history.

In 2008, Konaté was nominated for the Artes Mundi 3 prize, Cardiff. He has received several awards, including the prestigious Léopold Sédar Senghor Prize at the Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar (1996), the Officier de l’Ordre National du Mali  (2009) as well as the  Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres  de France (2002). He is the Founding General Director of the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasseké Kouyaté in Bamako.

Abdoulaye Konatè
Abdoulaye Konaté
Dirè, 1953

Current Exhibitions

Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva

Fondation Fernet Branca

27 May — 30 Sep
The Fondation Fernet Branca presents an exhibition of the collection of David Brolliet, collector from Geneva who for the past forty years has been passionately committed to contemporary art. Known for his political commitment, David produces...

Past Exhibitions

The White Hunter. African Memories and representation

FM Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea
31/03/2017 — 03/06/2017


Para Site
19/03/2016 — 29/05/2016

Abdoulaye Konatè Solo Show

Primo Marella Gallery
19/11/2015 — 11/02/2016

Solo Shows

Abdoulaye Konaté, Arken Museum for Moderne Kunst, Copenhagen, DK

Abdoulaye Konaté, Useful Dreams, Blain|Southern, Berlin, DE

Abdoulaye Konaté, The World in Textile, Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal, NL
Abdoulaye Konaté, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan, IT

Abdoulaye Konaté, ESADHar – L’Ecole Supérieure D’Art & Design, Le Havre, FR
Abdoulaye Konaté, Fondation Festival sur le Niger Ségou, ML
Abdoulaye Konaté, Tentures Teintures, Maison Revue Noire, Paris, FR

Group Shows

ART_TEXTILES, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK (forthcoming)
19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas, São Paulo, BR

The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, DE; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, US (2015)
Decorum, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, FR
Marker 2013, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, AE

Hollandaise, SMBA, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
We face forward: Art from West Africa today, Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester, UK
Hollandaise, RAW Material Company, Dakar, SN

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Dirè Country of birth: Mali Date of birth: 1953 Lives in: Bamako, Mali