Alfred Conteh

Installation Views

b. 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.

Solo Exhibitions

2020Our Reality, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL

2018The Sweet Spot, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Atlanta, GA

Visions of a Cultural Commentator, Cobb Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, GA, Curator Madeline Beck

2017Two Fronts: Surface and Reason, September Gray Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2016Two Fronts: Works on Paper, Hearne Fine Art Gallery, Little Rock, AR

2014Bitter Medicines, Sweet Poisons, Zucot Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2012Alfred Conteh, Selected Works, Harriet Tubman Museum, Macon, GA

2010Avisca Gallery, Marietta, GA

2009Alfred Conteh, Rosa Parks Museum, Troy State University, Montgomery, Alabama

Duality, Studio Clout Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2007Refuge, Naio Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Dimensions, Taina Art Gallery, Montgomery, Alabama

Alfred Conteh, Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta, Georgia

2005Alfred Conteh, Be Original! Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

2003Alfred Conteh, Kalmanson Gallery, Georgia Southwestern University

Alfred Conteh, The Art Exchange, Macon, Georgia

Alfred Conteh, Mercer University Art Department Gallery, Macon, Georgia

Group Exhibitions

2020 Renaissance Noir, virtual exhibition, UTA Artist Space, Beverly Hills, CA, Curators Myrtis Bedolla

The Figure in Solitude, online exhibition, Kavi Gupta, Chicago, IL

2019 Fragile Figures: Being and Time, 21C Hotel, Nashville, TN

Men of Change: Power, Triumph, Truth, The Smithsonian Institute via The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH, Curators Marquette Foley and Haili Francis

Blackface: A Reclamation of Beauty, Power and Narrative, Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD, Curators Myrtis Bedolla and Jessica Stafford Davis

Building Bridges II: The Politics of Love, Identity and Race, Galeria Carmen Montilla, Havana, Cuba, Curators Myrtis Bedolla and Ana Joa

Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Curators Dr. Leigh Raiford and Essence Harden

On Their Own Terms, Windgate Center of Art and Design, University of Arkansas Little Rock, Little Rock, AR,Curators Garbo Hearne and Brad Cushman

2018Parallel Lives, Kavi Gupta | Washington , Chicago,IL

On Their Own Terms, Windgate Center of Art and Design at Univeristy of Arkansas-Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

If Not Now, When?, September Gray Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curator September Gray

5 Perspectives, Steffan Thomas Museum of Art, Madison, GA, Curator Judith Barber

Portraits of Who We Are, David C. Driskell Center, College Park, MD, Curator Dorit Yaron

2017PRIZM 2017, Prizm Art Fair, Art Basel Miami, Miami, FL, Curator Mikhaile Solomon

STAND: A Visual Dialogue on Justice, Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, GA, Curator Charmaine Minniefield

Respondez S’il Vous Plait, Hammond House Museum, Atlanta, GA Curator Leatrice Ellzy

Urban Revival, RJD Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, Curator Eve Gianni

Bitter/Sweet, Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, Atlanta, GA, Curator Dr. Maurita Poole

2016Double Consciousness: A History of Unhealed Wounds, Zucot Gallery, Atlanta, GA Curator Onaje Henderson

Personal Politics, Hudgens Center For the Arts, Duluth, GA, Curator Jerushia Graham

Emerging Artists 2016, Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon, GA

2015Freedom Expression ATL II, Ghost Slavery: Art Against Human Trafficking, Gallery 72, Atlanta, GA, Curator Michael Simanga

Black Artists of Georgia, Harriet Tubman Museum, Macon, GA, Curator Jeff Bruce

Transcendence, Zucot Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curator Onaje Henderson and Mariah Heilpern

2014Bitter Medicines, Sweet Poisons, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, AR, Curator Garbo Hearne

2013United We Stand, Alabama State University, Montgomery, AL, Curator Cleve Webber

Audible Colors, Zucot Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curator Onaje Henderson

Abstractions, The Mint, Miami Art Basel, Miami, FL, Curator Onaje Henderson

Pack A Pistol, Harriet Tubman Museum, Macon, GA, Curator Jeff Bruce

Black Women During The Reconstruction Period 1865-1877, The Hampton University Museum, Hampton, VA, Curator Vanessa Thaxton-Ward

2012Tom Joyner Foundation Annual Exhibition, Zucot Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curator Onaje Henderson

2011Views, Moods, and Attitudes, Zucot Gallery, Atlanta , GA

NBAF Annual Exhibition, Catherine Kelleghan Gallery, Atlanta, GA, Curator Michael Harris

2008New Black, Studio Swan Gallery, Palmetto, Georgia, Curators Larry Walker and Kevin Sipp

2007On the Spot,City Hall East Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, Curator Freddie Styles

2005Southern Hospitality, Art on 5 Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Fried Chicken and Watermelon, Art on 5 Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, Curator Tommy Lee

2004Faith, African American Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Miami, Florida