Mural to pay tribute to the legendary princess Yennenga, who is considered like the mother of the Mossi people of Burkina Faso.
El Marto, multidisciplinary artist, illustrator, street artist and graphic designer, living and working in Ouagadougou.
I have worked as an illustrator for a number of locally-based companies, as well as the nonprofit sector, in diverse projects which
involved the conception and creation of posters, branding materials, designer clothes and bags, sculptures, illustrated books,
training manuals, as well as wall paintings and murals. Thanks to these varied and enriching experiences, I have greatly improved
the breadth and depth of my skillset and I am now able to answer to a wide range of work requirements and deliverables, in a
multitude of different settings.
Most recently, I have been particularly active in both reporting on and denouncing what Burkina Faso has lately experienced as a
nation: the political insurrection of 2014, the failed coup d’état of 2015 as well as the terrorist attacks of 2016. For example, I
thoroughly covered the military coup attempt of September 2015 by publishing a series of caricatures aimed at providing an
alternative take on what this event meant in the context of the Burkinabè society and, more generally, in the region and the world.
In the same year, I was also invited to create illustrations for a Fairtrade International training manual on the prevention of child
work in cotton harvesting in Burkina Faso.
One of my most recent street art projects, «La Tantie de la Liberté», is a powerful and deeply African remake of the Statue of
Liberty, in honor of the many women and men who struggle daily for democracy, social justice and political transparency in
Burkina Faso and in the world. See the teaseron YouTube. I am passionate about social and political issues and believe art is an
extremely effective way of raising awareness and stimulating debate and change in Africa.