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Hamidou Koumaré is a young painter-sculptor who lives and works in Mali. A graduate of the National Institute of Arts (INA), he entered the Conservatory of Multimedia Arts and Crafts - Balla Fasseké Kouyaté in Bamako, to continue his higher studies in visual arts, from which he graduated as a major in his class in 2014.
We can say without a doubt that Hamidou has found his way in sculpture. He plays with materials such as iron, nails, wood, plaster, cement, clay or even fabric, generally to deal with topical themes and living together.
This vocation for art, he sees it mainly as a legacy from his father: Mamadou Koumaré. An internationally renowned sculptor, the patriarch is the author of several monuments in the Malian capital, including a stele dedicated to the illustrious writer and man of culture Amadou Hampaté Ba.
Drawing an important part of his inspiration from female dance, Hamidou gives priority to the intimate aspects of the female body. He transcribes in his own way the dexterity of the dancers, the flexibility of the figures performed, quite simply feminine beauty. Indeed, for this artist deeply passionate about sculpture, feminine lines have the right to representations even if they are made of metal, as this material easily bends to his will.
This choice of figures with generous and round shapes can be explained in part by the status it confers on women. For him, woman is LIFE. "If you take care of life like your wife, there will be fewer problems in the world," he says. In addition, whether they are "mother, sister or wife, women are more mobilizing in many situations compared to men", he adds.
Since his first workshops in 2008, his travels in Europe, Asia and other African countries, until his recent creations in 2021, Hamidou Koumaré has come a long way. And the artist intends to continue this momentum, in order to always offer us a discourse that is both engaged and poetic about our society.