An American sculptor, painter and mixed-media artist, Alfred Conteh creates work that communicates his life experiences and personal truths to the African American community, hoping to spark new energy toward addressing social issues impacting them.
Growing up in Fort Valley, Georgia, Conteh discovered his interests in the arts at a very early age. He later received his BA from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia and his MFA from Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia. He exhibited his works in venues such as Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, Galeria Carmen Montilla, Havana, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, Clark Atlanta University Museum, Atlanta, Cobb Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, Steffan Thomas Museum of Art, Madison and RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, among others. He currently lives and works in Atlanta.
Born to African American mother and Sierra Leonean father, Conteh explores his identity and personal history from a range of perspectives. As he explains, he makes work for his people, wanting to "appeal to African Americans and encourage them to be stewards of our culture and history." Grounded in the realm of portraiture, his most recent series Two Fronts is a visual exploration of how people of the African Diaspora in the South are facing economic, educational, and psychological wars.
Featured image: Alfred Conteh - Pat and Lil’ Pat, 2018 (detail). Acrylic on canvas. 84 × 47 1/2 in. 213.4 × 120.7 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Kavi Gupta Gallery