Primo Marella presents in his gallery venue one of the most influent and important artists of the african world: Abdoulaye Konatè.
At his second solo show in Milan, symbol of a fruitful and happy collaboration.
Born in 1953, Abdoulaye Konatè first studied painting at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako. When he later moved to Cuba (1978-1985) he met the artist Wilfredo Lam, who brightly asked him: “”Why are you coming here to show me what you have done in Cuba, when you have everything you need at home?”.
At the comeback in Mali, Abdoulaye embrace the suggestion: he left painting in favour of textile cotton as expressive medium.
Regarding his artistic investigation, Konatè says:
“[…] In my art coexist two extremly different schools of thought: on one side there is the aesthetic, influenced by nature and cultural traditions of my country, which determines colours and materials used in my artworks. On the other side there is a more spiritual level, borning from the will of investigate and describe human suffering, which could be found in countries’ relationships, politic, environment, society and in the family itself”.