Born in Abidjan in Ivory Coast, Siriki Ky is a contemporary sculptor who studied at the School of Fine Arts in Abidjan before settling in Burkina Faso. His humble opinion is that the artistic act is a participative act - that is why he works the bronze in situ to allow the visitor to observe his process. Wanting to continue the ancestral techniques, he creates his works outside, melting the bronze in a traditional forge. Though arguably best known for his bronze works, Ky also works in other mediums, including granite, stone, and wood. The artist always attempts to interpret the world, touching both the revealed salient points and those hidden from existence: the real and the unreal, tradition and modernity, the sacred and the profane. He has been active on the international scene since 1985, creating and presenting in countries such as Italy, Germany, Belgium, France, and Canada, but also in Côte d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal. Siriki Ky lives and works in Ouagadougou.
Featured image: Siriki Ky - Precious Head 4,
2019 (detail). Bronze. 9 4/5 × 7 9/10 × 5 1/10 in. 25 × 20 × 13 cm. This is a
unique work. Photo courtesy Galerie Galea