Born on 1 January 1960 in Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina-Faso, then Haute-Volta, Abou Traoré comes from a line of blacksmiths - a symbolic and social charge beyond the technical dimension of the work.
He received the ancestral technique of lost wax from his father, Assane Traoré, and began his training at the age of 10 in the family workshop.

He has been fusing and sculpting in his own name since 1983, when he broke away from the productivism of his family's workshop and turned to artistic creation. He has also made improvements to the bronze technique in the Koko district of Bobo-Dioulasso (District of the bronziers).

His plastic originality highlights a creative artist and makes him noticed by the French Cultural Centre of Bobo-Dioulasso which will exhibit him many times.

His meeting in 1984 with Swiss and French sculptors of Groupe Fuzion such as the artist Pierre Jaggi marks a turning point in his work. He joined the group from 1984 to 1991 and exhibited with them in France and Switzerland.
In 1990, he won the 1st Prize of the National Culture Week (SNC Bobo-Dioulasso).
In 1991, he was recognized by Pierre Gaudibertwho was then in charge of the Museum of African and Oceanian Arts in Paris, who quoted him in his book "Contemporary African Art".
Since 1994, he has participated in numerous artistic meetings in France as well as the Togo in Lomé (Asso. Ewolé).
Il participe également à la deuxième édition de Ouag’art au sein du Centre culturel français alors dirigé par Guy Maurette.
In March 2001, he participated in a symposium with artists from CCA Terre Blanc (France) in Bobo-Dioulasso. This meeting reoriented his work towards greater abstraction.
In 2003, he participated in the Biennale off de Dakar in the Terangart Gallery.

He regularly sells his work to African and European collectors.

The Burkinabe state has given him several public commissions.

En 2012, il est repéré par l’Agence Deneulin which promotes its work in France and in Europe.

Interview by OBART

Recently his work has been shown at PIASA-Paris (Exhibition The Cube). Galerie Art-Z |Olivier Sultan-Paris, at Comœdia in Brest and at the INSA in Lyon in a joint exhibition with the painter Leslie Amine.


2021 KA-FU, POP-UP gallery at 59 rue Charlot in Paris 3rd from 10 to 20 November
2021 Biso Off - Maaneere Workshops, from 8 to 23 October
2021 Espace Comoedia at Brest
2021 Akili-Ko at the French Institute in Ouagadougou
2020 Galerie Art-Z in Paris
2019 BISO Off Ouagadougou
2018 Le Cube PIASA-Paris || Art-Expo in Chambéry
2017 Echomusée in Paris in connection with Chaillot en partage at the Goutte d'Or || INSA in Lyon with Leslie Amine || Galerie Ruffieux-Brill in Chambéry
2016 Espace Paul Jargot in Crolles
2015 Saint-Jean de Dieu medical centre || Fort Barraux (Isère) with the Serbian painter Mile Saula || Rocheplane medical centre in Grenoble
2014 Galerie Deneulin in Barraux (France) || Centre des Arts de Meylan (France)
2008 A la Jonquille - Geneva/Switzerland || Dakar Biennale with Terang'art/Senegal || CCF Bobo-Dioulasso
2007 Galerie des Champs à La Pierre - Isère/France
2005 Espace Yeleen in Bobo-Dioulasso
2004 International Salon of Arts and Crafts – Ouagadougou/Burkina-Faso
2003, Dakar Off Biennial at the Ternagart Gallery || Espace Gondawana in Ouagadougou
2002 Hotel Sarakawa Gallery – Lomé/Togo || Galerie Térang’art Dakar/Sénégal
1995 Henri MATISSE Cultural Centre - Bobo-Dioulasso Burkina-Faso
1994 at Ouag'Art - Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso || Ewolé in Lomé
1993 Centre Culturel Henri MATISSE - Bobo-Dioulasso/Burkina-Faso || Biennale de Marseille - France
1992 Centre Culturel Georges MELIES – Ouagadougou/Burkina-Faso
1991 Château de Rolle – Suisse avec le Groupe Fuzion
1990 Provincial Museum of HOUET - Bobo-Dioulasso - Burkina-Faso
1995 Henri MATISSE Cultural Centre - Bobo-Dioulasso Burkina-Faso
1987 Sandillon - France (with the group Fuzion at the Grands Marais artistic season) || Exhibition at the Galerie Primaire - Switzerland ARTISTIC MEETINGS
1985 Terrasson (Dordogne) – France || Beaurepaire (Isère) – France
1984 La Roche-Vineuse – France