Hamed Bransonka-Bra Ouattara

Hamed Ouattara's artistic training began at the Olorun Foundation in Ouagadougou, followed by a visit to the ENSCI in France (école nationale supérieure de création industrielle). In the 1990s, Ouattara took part in the first collective exhibitions in Ouagadougou and later exhibited as a solo artist for the first time in Grenoble and Brussels, then also in Italy, Eastern Europe and the USA.

As a painter and sculptor, Ouattara developed his style away from figurative forms and towards abstraction. He tried his hand at canvases and also created his first pieces of furniture. His art today manifests itself in the combination of a wide variety of materials : traditional and industrial textiles, oil drums and industrial sheet metal, as well as unusual fabrics, which Ouattara describes as " contemporary witnesses of the modern world and the globalization associated with it ."

Ouattara's furniture is not only to be understood as art objects in their own right, but also as a means/medium of providing young African welders with work and employment opportunities: social integration through exceptional art . The starting point is the lack of local production of modern and abstract design in Burkina Faso, while waste materials for reuse can be found on every street corner: a social design project that makes local resources profitable in the most effective way possible. Local production and the utilization of local, African expertise are of particular importance to the artist.