Amadou Sanogo

Amadou Sanogo
Amadou Sanogo, Le Monde Journalistique, 2011

It is important that Amadou Sanogo’s paintings have no frames. He makes his canvases from lengths of workaday cloth bought in the local market, choosing not to stretch them or present them within the enclosure of a frame. This conscious distancing of his work from the Western conventions of painting speaks of his desire to identify those points of difference and similarity between the past and the present, traditional and contemporary culture, and the role of young people within this culture. The subject matter of his paintings scrutinises national and international politics, journalism and the justice system. Sanogo follows the news closely on TV5 Monde, online and in the press, and gathers images of presidents, newsreaders, and other public figures who have been corrupted by power, rendering them in powerfully expressive paint. This method of seeking his subject matter through television stems back to his earliest experience of drawing outside a television shop in his home town of Ségou, Mali.


Born in 1977 in Ségou, Mali. Lives and works in Bamako, Mali.

Studied Fine Art at Bamako’s prestigious Institut National des Arts (l’INA) and Institut des Arts Plastiques.

Shows include Museos y Modernidad en Transito, at the Museo de America, Madrid, Spain, 2012; Le Trait, the Centre Culturel Français de Bamako, Mali, 2011; Au dela du cadre, the artist’s house, Bamako, Mali, 2010; Fiches d’identification, itinerant exhibition in different neighborhoods in Bamako, Mali, 2009 (during 9th Rencontres de Bamako: Biennale Africaine de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali, 2011); Terrains vagues, Quartier Orange, Bamako, Mali, 2009.

He took part in a residency at MC2a in Bordeaux, France in 2010.

Works in the Show

Les Derniers bains de foule, 2011

Acrylic on canvas

158.5 x 155cm

Photograph – Courtesy of the Artist

Le Regard des Cons Permanents, 2011

Acrylic on canvas

170 x 290cm

Photograph – Courtesy of the Artist

Le Monde Journalistique, 2011

Acrylic on canvas and collage

146 x 197cm

Photograph – Courtesy of the Artist

Le Regard Handicappé, 2011

Acrylic on canvas

152 x 256cm

Photograph – Courtesy of the Artist

Le Juré, 2011

Acrylic on canvas

173 x 112cm

Photograph – Courtesy of the Artist


Martin Barlow, curator of the exhibition Moving Into Space at the National Football Museum talks about the exhibition.

Barthélémy Toguo, Lucy Azubuike and Nnenna Okore, three of the exhibited artists, talk about their work and their interest in using materials which reflect the lifestyle and experience of the people of West Africa.

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Street life, dazzling dress, social commentary and a riot of sensuous colour interweave in a rich assembly of West African art, writes Charles Gore in the Times Higher Education