Hyacinthe Ouattara

Born in 1981 in Burkina Faso, Hyacinthe Ouattara is a mainly self-taught visual artist. He now lives and works in France. After several experiences with workshops, with a background in live-model drawing, Hyacinthe Ouattara first pictured the human body in a dreamlike, ghostly and childish way before entering his bowels and concentrating his work on the anatomy of cellular tissues through "human cartographies" Matter, texture and colours are of great importance in his pictorial work. Sometimes a patchwork appears. His drawings, meanwhile, are spontaneous, gestural and question the human. His installations often play with suspensions, questioning the balance and the imbalance. They are as well a reflection on the memory and, since he focuses on the textile, on an organic aspect. The textile also allows him to question the ambivalence between appearance and disappearance, representation and intimacy, identity in the broad sense. His sculptures in twisted and knotted textiles take up this obsession with the organic and examine the concept of links. He participated in exhibitions in Paris, Berlin, Dakar, Ouagadougou, Accra, Luxembourg, Kalgoorlie, etc. More


Organic Mood, D Galerie, Paris, France
Cartographies Humaines, Galerie art-z, Paris, France
Travelling, Centre Culturel Max Juclier, Villeneuve-la-Garenne, France
Solo Show, SometimeStudio Gallery, Paris, France
Parcours, Ecole Municipale des Beaux-Arts, Villejuif, France
Le hublot, Ivry-Sur-Seine, France
« Yaalà », Alliance Française Accra, Ghana. 
Gestes et expressivités, médiathèque Saint-Pons, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, France
Hyacinthe Ouattara dans l'arène, Institut Français, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Dessins, Goethe Institut, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Galerie Taa Ka Na, Rennes, France
Promenade, Villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Mémoire d'hier, Villa Sikandra, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, South Africa
Dialogues, techniques mixtes sur papier, Afikaris, Online exhibition 
Biennale d'art Contemporain DAK'ART OFF 2018, DAKAR, Sénégal
Trêve d'exotisme, en collaboration avec Galerie Nosbaum Reding-Galerie Atiss, Brasserie Clausel, Luxembourg
« PARTCOURS » 6ième édition, Galerie Atiss, Dakar, Sénégal
EXPOSITION INTERNATIONALE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN D'AFRIQUE, La Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs, Casablanca, Maroc
L'alchimie des Formes, Espace Bastides, Valence-sur-Baïse, France
ARTCOP 22, Marrakech, Maroc
18° Biennale Internationale "Petit Format de papier", Musée du Petit Format, Nismes et Ecoles des Arts de Braine-l'Alleud, Belgique
Art en Vrac (9* Rencontre des Arts Contemporains), Salies-de-Béarn, France
Just Make Art, Galerie Joseph, Paris, France 
Galerie Goldenberg, Paris, France
Galerie du Parc, Joué-lès-Tours, France
Espace Culturel de la Douve, Langeais, France
Le Chêne (Centre de Création Alternatif), Villejuif, France
Espace Culturel Anes Art'Gonne, Evres-en-Argonne, France
17° Biennale Internationale « Petit Format de Papier », Musée du Petit Format, Nismes et ULB Culture, Bruxelles, Belgique
L'Ancien Cercle Artistique, Tournai, Belgique
Académie des Beaux-Arts, Tamines, Belgique 
Cité des Arts, Chambéry, France
Mouvement, Espace Culturel Fil Bleu, Lomé, Togo
L'Art Burkinabè en mouvement, Chapelle des Pénitents Gris, Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, France
Ouagadougou ! Soit dit en passant/Nebenbei, Berlin, Allemagne
Mondes en Scène, Galerie G, Paris, France
Musée du Marbre de Rance, Belgique
Souffles, Villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Galerie Taa Ka Na, Rennes, France
« Ouagadougou ! Soit dit en passant/Nebenbei bemerkt », Galerie der HBK Saar (Hochuleschule der Bildenden Künste Saar), Saarbrücken, Allemagne
Promenade, Villa Yiri Suma, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso
Encres et pailles, Goethe Institut, Ouagadougou, Burkina-Faso 
Art from West Africa, Kalgoorlie/Perth, Australie

La Fabrique Culturelle des Abattoirs, Casablanca, Maroc
Cité des Arts, Chambéry, France
Espace Culturel Fil Bleu, Lomé, Togo
L'aciérie de Völklingen, la Völklingen Hütte (en partenariat avec l'école des Beaux-Arts de Saabrücken), Allemagne

Your body of work has no limit, including installations, sculpture, performance, and painting. How do you consider drawing inside your practice? 

For me, drawing and its practice are part of the act of doing. It’s an experimental practice. I consider every single line as drawings, painting, sculpture, volumes. 

The space in which I work is not a space defined or predefined by a medium. I would say that “everything is inside everything.” As I consider that “everything is inside everything”, I switch from one medium to another. I switch from one material to another. And then, it’s in these meanders, in this complete chaos, and this gesture, that I find myself. I face difficulties to define things. I draw from elements surrounding me and I assemble them. I like the contrasted aspect of elements. I like taking wood and putting it together with fabric. I like taking paper and putting it together with thread. I like the difference. I like everything that is quirky. I fight against the fact of having to fit in a frame and a box. I permanently fight to get away from this all the time. It’s a constant struggle. I aim at questioning all the things surrounding me, all what we use to hear and the meaning we use to give to the words: drawing, painting or sculpture. I try to deconstruct all of this at the same time and to find them back naturally. Like if by asking myself, elements born in the creative space. 

In your work, drawing does not aim to prepare an artwork. Has it always been the case? 

There is no guideline in my work. I used to draw a lot. I also use to paint with what is called “industrial paint.” Then, I started to get away from it because it was, for me, like an unconscious jail. Finally, when I started to question and get away from this, I went towards new horizons. I navigate in all those fluids. My practice cannot be defined because the space itself cannot be defined.

You feel free to mix mediums in your works on paper, using a ballpoint pen, felt pen, ink… How do you harmonize all those tools?

I put all of this in an immaterial and not classifiable context. It is possible to draw with thread. Perforating paper is also a way to draw. The act of drawing is a spontaneous relation to gesture. I’m interested in catching the emotion.

Hyacinthe Ouattara is a visual artist.
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