The artist Jean Laurent Koné Zié lives and works in Bingerville, a suburb of the economic capital Abidjan in the Ivory Coast. The work of Koné Zie is strongly inspired by the African material and immaterial culture. The main theme of his work is the relationship of man to society, community, and spirituality in Africa. He himself describes his intention as follows: “I try to show the importance of my culture through my creations. I believe that we as Africans are the foundation for the development of African countries. As an artist, I have to guide, educate and sensitize people to important issues.”
In his work he combines semi-abstract and semi-figurative pictorial tendencies with traditional Dogon sculptures and Senoufo statues as well as various graphic and floral patterns, sometimes inspired by African wax and pagne fabric. The surfaces are made up of many fragments – cuttings of paper, magazines, fabric – which form an overall composition.
Graduated from ENBA (École Nationale des Beaux-Arts) in Abidjan in 2003, he also holds a Bachelor in art history and archaeology from the University of Abidjan. Koné Zie had his first exhibition at the Museum of Korhogo in 1998, his paintings are regularly exhibited locally and internationally and his works are represented in major collections, for example the Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection.