Omar Ba (b. Senegal, 1977) has studied both in Senegal (l'Ecole Nationale des Beaux-arts, Senegal, 2002) and in Switzerland (l'Ecole Supérieur des Beaux-arts, Geneva, 2005 and ECAV - MAPS Arts in Public Spheres, 2011). It was in Switzerland around a decade ago that Ba decided to depart from abstract painting and began developing his own distinctive figurative aesthetic.
Many of Ba’s images over the past decade have depicted a world of violence and conflict, a potent exploration of the legacies of colonialism on the African continent. Soldiers, political leaders, labourers, skeletons emerge against black painted backdrops, a symbolic depiction of a contemporary 'state of emergency'. More recently, however, Ba has reoriented his focus, seeking to celebrate the beauty and grandeur of the people of Africa, exploring the often forgotten inheritance of today's African diaspora as descendents of the black Pharaohs of Egypt and Nubia.
Omar Ba (b. 1977 Senegal) had a comprehensive solo exhibition, Same Dream in 2019, which toured Canada to The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto and Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal. Throughout his career, his works have been exhibited widely and internationally at institutions including BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium (2017); Ferme-Asile, Sion, Switzerland (2015); Hales London (2014, 2017); Biennale de Dakar, Senegal (2014); Aagauer Kunsthaus, Switzerland (2012) and many others. Ba’s works can be found in private and public collections, including Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Canada; Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI, USA; Credit Suisse, Switzerland; Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Geneve, Switzerland; Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris, France;Centre national des arts plastiques, France; Louvre Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and the Barbier-Mueller Collection, Switzerland. In 2011, Ba received the prestigious Swiss Art Award.