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b. 1976, USA

Alfred Conteh Biography

Alfred Conteh (b. 1976, USA) is a painter and sculptor who was born in Fort Valley, Georgia.

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His mother is an African American, and his father is from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Conteh explores his identity and personal history from a number of different perspectives.

He is concerned with the way African Americans are dealing with disparities that have been affecting their communities for generations, especially in the southern United States. He is also interested in the wider view of the entire African diaspora.

His work spans a range of mediums and materials, and also crosses over between figuration and abstraction. His abstract work, such as the series Kin I'm In, makes use of lyricism and natural forms, while also evoking architectonic structures that reference built human environments. Though abstract, these works are rife with symbolism and poetic meaning.

Conteh's figurative work possesses a dream-like, almost omniscient quality, conveying a sort of inner vision about the subject matter.

Conteh's recent series of figurative paintings is titled Two Fronts. Grounded in the realm of portraiture, this series explores images of contemporary members of the African diaspora, placing the figures in what are often mundane environments. Conteh's treatment of the figures, including the way he has them inhabit their surroundings, lends them a wise, gentle, heroic spiritual presence.

About his Two Fronts series, Conteh has said: 'This body of work is a visual exploration of how African diasporal societies in the south are fighting social, economic, educational and psychological wars from within and without to survive. The honest and false narratives of history embodied in this series are primarily personified in patinated colossuses that commemorate the people, culture, and battles that the populations they tower over have fought and continue to fight. We are at war on two fronts.'

Text courtesy Kavi Gupta.

Alfred Conteh Featured Artworks

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Quez by Alfred Conteh contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Alfred Conteh Quez, 2021 Acrylic, atomized steel dust, atomized bronze dust, and soil (Georgia red clay)
63.5 x 63.5 x 7.6 cm
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Kavi Gupta
Kia II by Alfred Conteh contemporary artwork painting
Alfred Conteh Kia II, 2021 Acrylic and urethane plastic
63.5 x 63.5 x 5.1 cm
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C by Alfred Conteh contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Alfred Conteh C, 2016 Acrylic, charcoal and atomized steel dust on paper
101.6 x 66 cm
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Malik and Marquis by Alfred Conteh contemporary artwork painting, sculpture
Alfred Conteh Malik and Marquis, 2020 Acrylic and urethane plastic
213.4 x 195.6 x 7.6 cm
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London by Alfred Conteh contemporary artwork painting
Alfred Conteh London, 2019 Acrylic and atomized steel dust on canvas
101.6 x 101.6 x 7.6 cm
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Jade by Alfred Conteh contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Alfred Conteh Jade, 2020 Acrylic and urethane plastic
213.4 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
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Q by Alfred Conteh contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Alfred Conteh Q, 2020 Acrylic, concrete, and lava
213.4 x 120.7 x 7.6 cm
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Preme by Alfred Conteh contemporary artwork painting
Alfred Conteh Preme, 2020 Acrylic and atomised brass dust on canvas
121.9 x 91.4 x 7.6 cm
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Kavi Gupta contemporary art gallery in Washington Blvd, Chicago, USA
Kavi Gupta Chicago
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