Fernand Nonkouni

Fernand"Once you have gone through the valley of pain you know what you are capable of doing and achieving. There will be found a truth which will lead you to fields afar."

As evidence of his life, as transition from evil to good, the creative power revives the artist daily like time regained from childhood. Nonkouni's painting has its roots also in his disciplined will and in the reconciliation with his crual youth.

In the beginning he stands, then he bends over and lets the idea take form out of the substance. The next phase brings the message of his arising piece of art. Nonkouni has one aim only, to create what he received during the dark of the night.

Like an echo of his surrounds, like a naturalist who seeks accuracy, the painter covers his canvas
with the primary colours: ochre for the earth, blue for sky and water and yellow as medium between
shade and sunlight.

Nonkouni is a true son of Africa, embedded in the tradition of his country. He incorporates the
multitude of all rituals he has deciphered into his world of thinking. His own words are:
"A painter grows forever and his message becomes simpler with time."


  • Was born on 27th June, 1968 in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) as son of Burkinian parents. He lives and works in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
  • 1994 - 1996    Training colleges and wokshops at the Centre Culturel Français "Georges Méliés" and Foundation Olorun, Ouagadougou

Participation in exhibitions
  • 1994 - 1996    Centre Culturel Français, Ouagadougou
  • 1996    Centre Culturel Américain, Ouagadougou
    Semaine de l'Art et de la Création Artistique, Centre Culturel Français, Ouagadougou
  • 1997    Galery Farafina, Ouagadougou
    Design for the AIDS explanatory and preventions campaign, Ouagadougou

Participation in exhibitions
  • 1995    Foundation Olorun, Kansas City (USA)
  • 1996    "Espace Gaieté", Paris (France)
    Port-folio Galerie, Saint Louis (USA)
  • 1997    Galery Schlumberger, Paris (France)
    Galery Arcane 21, Sauve-Nîmes (France)
  • 1998    International meeting of artistes " ARLES 98" (France)
    Biennale "DAK'ART 98", Dakar (Senegal)
    "Alte Papierfabrik", Ebertsheim (Germany)
  • 1999    Gallery ARTE, Dakar (Senegal)
    Citibank Duisburg (Germany)
  • 2000    Neanderthal-Museum, Mettmann (Germany)
    Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Duisburg (Germany)
    Tanzhaus nrw die werkstatt, Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • 2001    "Espace Noriac", Limoges (France)
    Sparkasse Essen-Rüttenscheid (Germany)
    Wohnstift Augustinum, Essen (Germany)
    Citibank Krefeld (Germany)
  • 2002    KuBa Kunsthalle, Wolfenbüttel (Germany)
  • 2003    Orangerie, Grugapark Essen (Germany)
    Viterra Energy Services GmbH & Co.KG, Münster (Germany)

Individual exhibitions
  • 1996    Olorun America Gallery, Kansas City (USA)
  • 1998    Arcane 21 Gallery, Sauve Nîmes (France)
    ZAKA Gallery, Ouagadougou
  • 1999    "Espace du Cèdre" in Lauret (France)
    "Esperance" , on the occasion of children's day of UNICEF at the Foundation Olorun
  • 1998    Award of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc. (New York, USA)
Bibliografie Revue Noire No. 17, 1995