SAMALooking at the works of the painter Sama one tends to think that the apparent disorder of his pictures is wanted or organized. However, it is the disorder of the society in which the artist lives.

The pictures of Sama transpose the spectator to quarters in Ougadougou with their dusty laterite roads or to the walls which seperate the individual properties from each other.

Sama explores the surface of the earth and he gathers everything he finds. This includes shreds of plants, pieces of plastic packing material, remnants of fabric ...... He integrates all these various items in his works of art . In this way his pictures attract the onlooker like a magnet attracts steel and they invite for a walk through his world.

However, Sama does not only rely on the various pieces of his collections for his pictures, he also
draws his motives from the house and wall paintings of the Kasèna (figures or geometrical forms)
and at times takes protest slogans which yougsters from the suburbs have written in their own
language on houses and walls.

The paintings of Sama are rooted deeply in the daily life in Ouagadougou and the symbols of apparent
disorder give his pictures their specific something.


Was born on 12th November, 1967 in Burkina Faso. He lives and works in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

1981 - 1984    Training-colleges at Centre National de l'Artisant d'Art de Ouagadougou
Exhibitions in Burkina Faso
  • Centre des arts in Ouagadougou
  • Centre Culturel Français "Georges Méliés", Ouagadougou
  • Hotel Silmandé in Ouagadougou
  • Hotel Indépendence in Ouagadougou
Exhibitions abroad
  • 1989    Centre Culturel Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
  • 1990    Foire de Dakar (Senegal)
  • 1991    Centre Culturel Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
  • 1994    Centre Culturel Niamey (Niger)
    Exhibitions in Limoge and Paris (France)
    Fondation Olorun in Kansas City (USA)
  • 1996    Centre Culturel Lomé (Togo)
  • 1997    Ecole d'art in Chambery (France)
  • 1998    Exhibition in Belfort (France)
    Andorrama (Andorra)
    Sainte Foye les Lyon (France)
    Atelier du Fripapet, Dole (France)
    Ecole d'Art de Chambéry (France)
  • 1999    "Alte Papierfabrik" in Ebertsheim (Germany)
    Galery Mediart, Paris (France)
    Galery ARTE, Dakar (Sénégal)
  • 2000    La Galerie EDO, Strasbourg (France)
    Galery A CONTARIO, Limoges (France)
    Internationales Zentrum (IZ), Duisburg (Germany)
    Hessian Parliament, Wiesbaden (Germany)
    Tanzhaus nrw die werkstatt, Düsseldorf (Germany)
  • 2001    Galery de Turenne, Troyes (France)
  • Sparkasse Essen-Rüttenscheid (Germany)
    Wohnstift Augustinum, Essen (Germany)
    Citibank Krefeld (Germany)
  • 2002    KuBa Kunsthalle, Wolfenbüttel (Germany)
    Portes ouvertes à Dole (France)
    Musée de Bédargue (France)
  • 2003    Orangerie, Grugapark Essen (Germany)
    Viterra Energy Services GmbH & Co.KG, Münster (Germany)
    L'ATELIER, Contonou (Benin)
    GONDWANA, Ouagadougou / Burkina Faso
    Exposition chez Nicole Martel, Paris / France
    Galerie de Turenne, Toyes / France
  • 2004    Galerie Clémangis, Châlons-en-Champagne / France

Bibliografie Revue Noire No. 17, 1995

Participation in the art design for the film "Keita" by Dany Kouyaté.