The work of Mohamed Diabagaté (b.1987) is striking. The format is large, imposing, texturally rich, allowing the viewer to enter a different world. Diabagaté's canvas is dense and multi-layered, composed of thousands of pieces of painted and cut cloth. We see our past, present, our dreams, the future, or a void, emptiness into which he sometimes places a questioning silhouette.
Diabagaté's figures, often alone, seem to be searching to find their place in the world. Evoking hesitation, doubt and fear, they are Immobile, yet they must keep moving, to find which path to take when none are evident.
Diabagaté began painting at a young age with his father, the renowned painter Ismael Diabagaté, and was later mentored by the great Beninese artist Ludovic Fadiaro. He graduated, first in his class, from the National Arts Institute of Bamako (2009), and the Conservatory of Arts and Media of Bamako (2014).
His works have garnered attention worldwide. Recent exhibitions include: ODA Gallery (Cape Town, South Africa) and the Eureka Gallery (Abidjan, Ivory Coast).
Diabagaté lives and works in Bamako.