Posted by Danielle Matia on December 22, 2010
A cancer survivor and so much more, Alhassane created “Bonheur, joie, longevite de vie” (Happiness, joy and longevity of life) as an expression of how he maximizes his life every day. Hailing from a village called Tchinfessawatan in Northern Niger, the winning artist representing the region of Africa is a father of four and a member of the Touareg tribe, a people who generally live in the Tenere desert of Niger and are known to be nomadic. Alhassane is an avid proponent of literacy among his Touareg community, as well as a gifted digital artist.
Alhassane commonly features a heart in his artistic expressions. In his own words, “The heart represents life as it is the principal engine of the blood and circulation. It provides benevolence, kindness, joy, laughter and love. Through the heart, we find comfort and satisfaction in others as well as for others who experience difficulties. The heart is the foundation of happiness in our world.”
Visit the Colors of Hope Gallery to see more featured artwork from 2010.