Amadou Sanogo is an alumnus of Bamako’s renowned Institut National des Arts Plastiques, where he acquired the academic grounding that would underpin his future analyses of the ethnic mores of his homeland. Sanogo often paints on unstretched repurposed fabric that he sources from his local market, thereby paying homage to his cultural roots and embedding them in his medium and subject matter. The fabric also allows him to emphasise the origin of his concerns, which include tradition and modernity, politics, journalism and the justice system, which he addresses by means of figurative abstract paintings based on a personally developed visual code.
Sanogo is a regular at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London and FIAC in Paris, having shown at both for three consecutive years (2013, 2014 and 2015). His recent solo shows include Fables, Kristin Hellegjerde, London (2016); and Amadou Sanogo à Bamako, Atelier Badialan, Bamako, (2017).