Sanou Oumar, 2019, pen on paper board, 40 x 32 inches

Sanou Oumar, 7/3/18, 2018, Pen and marker on paper, 18 x 24 inches

Sanou Oumar, 10/15/17, 2017. Pen and on paper. 17 x 14 inches

Sanou Oumar, 2019, pen on paper board, 32 x 40 inches

Sanou Oumar, 1/21/19, 2019. Pen and marker on paper, 40 x 32 inches

Sanou Oumar, 2018, Pen and marker on paper, 18 x 24 inches

 

Sanou Oumar was born in Burkina Faso, West Africa; he lives in the Bronx and works in Harlem, New York. He graduated from the University of Ouagadougou in 2007 with a major in English literature. In 2015, Oumar moved to the United States to seek asylum. He is represented by Gordon Robichaux, New York, where he had his first two-person exhibition (with Matt Paweski) in 2018 and was scheduled to present a solo exhibition in May 2020.

In 2019, Oumar had his first solo exhibition at Herald St in London; his work was included in a two-person exhibition (with Elisabeth Kley) at South Willard, Los Angeles, curated by Matt Connors; and Gordon Robichaux presented a solo booth of his drawings at Frieze, New York. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions: at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where his work is held in the permanent collection; Herald St, London; KIOSK, Marseille, France; Maroncelli 12, Milan, Italy, organized by Matt Paweski and Jacopo Mazzetti; Gordon Robichaux in A Page from My Intimate Journal (Part I)—; at Mormor Studio, New York, in Art and Resistance, curated by the Center for Constitutional Rights; and at Joost van den Bergh, London, in A Concentration of Power. His art has been celebrated by The New Yorker on two occasions, and a book of Oumar’s drawings (published by Pre-Echo Press with an essay by Matt Paweski) was released in December 2018 at Karma Bookstore in New York.




Sanou Oumar, 3/14/19, 2019, pen on paper board, 40 x 32 inches

Sanou Oumar, 1/7/19, 2019, Pen and marker on paper, 32 x 40 inches

Sanou Oumar, 4/27/17, 2017, Colored pencil and marker on paper, 13.75 x 11 inches



Sanou Oumar, 1/26/19, 2019. Pen on paper. 28 x 22 inches

Sanou Oumar, 2019, pen on paper board, 32 x 40 inches

Sanou Oumar, 4/22/17, 2017, Pen, colored pencil and marker on paper, 13 3/4 x 11 inches

Sanou Oumar, 1/21/19, 2019, Pen and marker on paper, 28 x 22 inches