BORN IN 1975 FORT VALLEY, GEORGIA | LIVES AND WORKS IN ATLANTA
Alfred Conteh is a painter and sculptor who was born in Fort Valley, Georgia. His mother is an African American, and his father is from Si-erra Leone, West Africa. Conteh explores his identity and personal history from a number of different perspectives. He is concerned with the way African Americans are dealing with disparities that have been affecting their communities for generations, especially in the southern United States. He is also interested in the wider view of the entire African diaspora.
Conteh’s recent series of figurative paintings is titled “Two Fronts.” Grounded in the realm of portraiture, this series explores images of contemporary members of the African diaspora, placing the figures in what are often mundane environments. Conteh’s treatment of the figures, including the way he has them inhabit their surroundings, lends them a wise, gentle, heroic spiritual presence.
2018 The Sweet Spot, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Atlanta, GA
2018 Visions of a Cultural Commentator, Cobb Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, GA, Curator Madeline Beck
2017 Two Fronts: Surface and Reason, September Gray Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2016 Two Fronts: Works on Paper, Hearne Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR
2014 Bitter Medicines, Sweet Poisons, Zucot Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2012 Alfred Conteh, Selected Works, Harriet Tubman Museum, Macon, GA
2010 Avisca Gallery, Marietta, GA
2009 Alfred Conteh, Rosa Parks Museum, Troy State University, Montgomery, Alabama