Artist and professor. He works with weaving and mixed-technique installations to build a cross-cultural visual grammar, creating compositions intended to harmonize distinct indicial elements. In doing so, he puts forth a humanistic world view – which the presence of manufacture highlights even further — with strong political overtones, tackling subjects such as the AIDS epidemic, territorial wars and religious extremism. He studied painting at the Institut National des Arts, in Bamako, Mali, from 1972 to 1976, and at Instituto Superior de Arte, in Havana, Cuba, from 1978 to 1985, where he came into contact with the works of Cuban artist Wifredo Lam, a major influence in his production. Throughout the 1990s, he transitioned from painting to working with fabric, appropriating an important tradition of his native country and gravitating towards the materiality of colors. Apart from his artistic work, he served in management positions at several cultural institutions in Mali. He is a professor and director at the Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia Balla Fasséké Kouyaté, in Bamako, where he lives and works.