Hyacinthe Ouattara

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Hyacinthe Ouattara, art and material

    Born in 1981 in Burkina Faso, Hyacinthe Ouattara is a mainly self-taught plastic artist. He currently lives and works in France. After several workshop experiences, with a training in living model drawing, Hyacinthe Ouattara first imagined the human body in a dreamlike, ghostly, and childish before entering his bowels and concentrating his work on the anatomy of cellular tissues through "human cartographies". The material, texture and colors are very important in his pictorial work. Sometimes a patchwork appears.


His drawings, for their part, are spontaneous, gestural and question the human. His installations often play with suspensions, questioning balance and imbalance. They are both a reflection on memory and, since it focuses on textiles, on an organic aspect. The textile also allows him to question the ambivalence between appearance and disappearance, representation and intimacy, identity in the broad sense.

His sculptures in twisted and knotted textiles take up this obsession with the organic and question the notion of links.

He has participated in exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Dakar, Dubai, Ouagadougou, Accra, Luxembourg, AKAA (Paris) Captown Art Fair, Dubai Art Fair, and the Cairo Biennale. His works are notably in 2 large private New York collections.