Jean Didier Yanogo

Yanogo"Painting is a beautiful method of expression, colours make beautiful writing possible. I am impressed by many European painters, but being an African, I inperprete their works in the mode of my culture.

I have made several tours through Europe and America and of course through Africa. Today I am of the opinion that painting should have no nationality. I do not consider myself as an African artist but as a human being.

Like writing and sculpturing, painting is an agent to express ones conceptions and determinations and emotions.

In my mind art is the creation or re-creation of human environment.

The cultural and asthetic function of the art of painting has for me spiritual importance. I strongly believe
that this is of great value in a time of superficiality.
For this reason I orientate my search for creative
expressions on my personal spiritual experiences. I take religious, mostly christian themes for my work.
This I do not in the sense of proselytism but in an universial sense, as a message of the transcendental.

My sources of inspiration are my religious beliefs. Belonging to the African sphere of culture, I most
likely can synthesize my christian and traditional visions by connecting the best of both."


Was born on 11th July, 1967 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He lives and works in Ouagadougou.

1989 - 1996    Training and formation by the French painter M.Blaise Patrix
Workshop OUAG'ART, organized by the Centre Culturel Français (C.C.F.) in Ouagadougou
Symposium of painting, Foundation Olorun, Ouagadougou
Workshop of the Centre Culturel Franco-Nigerien, Niamey
Participation in exhibitions in Burkina Faso
  • 1993 and 1994    Semaine de l'Art et de la Création Artisanale in Ouagadougou
  • 1995    OUAG'ART in Ouagadougou
  • 1996    OUAG'ART in Ouagadougou "Rencontre Pictural Burkina - Niger", Centre Culturel Français, Ouagadougou
  • 1997    1997 Town Hall, Ouagadougou
  • 1998    Gallery ZAKA, Ouagadougou

Participations in exhibitions abroad
  • 1995    Foundation Olorun in Kansas City (USA)
  • 1996    Kemper Museum, Kansas City (USA)
    Ausstellung Arts XIV, Paris (France)
    Galery Ardeco, Avignon (France)
  • 1998    Biennale des Arts "DAK'ART 98"
    Galery Véma, Dakar (Senegal)
  • 1999    "Alte Papierfabrik" in Ebertsheim (Germany)
    Citibank Duisburg (Deutschland Germany)
  • 2000    Neanderthal-Museum, Mettmann (Germany)
    Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Duisburg (Germany)
    Hessian Parliament, Wiesbaden (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
  • 1997    Farafina Gallery, Ouagadougou
Bibliografie Revue Noire, May 1995