Born in 1967, Ibrahim Chahamata is a Tuareg painter from the town of Agadez, at the gates of the Sahara. As a child, he worked with embroidery and made shop signs.
Oil paint, typically used for buildings, and textiles are the materials used by this self-taught artist, skilled at DIY techniques, whose environment restricts his access to artistic tools and access to the international art scene.
The works of Ibrahim Chahamata are the results of a personal reinterpretation of ancestral Tuareg and Islamic art. A multitude of symbols, signs, geometric and symmetric forms mix to create a code, filled with a spirituality and mysticism, unique to the artist.
In 2015, the French-Nigerien Cultural Center in Niamey, Niger, hosted his first solo exhibition.
Ibrahim Chahamata, Niger,
Emity Na-Zahir (Climate Change), 2015
Oil on canvas, 120 x 120 cm,