Saturday, April 10, 2010

Solo Show Publicity

Help us get the word out about Rabi's show!


Nancy Weis-Sanfo

Solo Show by Rabi Sanfo

Minneapolis, MN, 4/10/10 – Please join metal sculptor Rabi Sanfo April 22-May 2 at the Frank Stone Gallery. Sanfo will exhibit “Kassena Collection,” a new series of bas relief metal wall art which combines two art traditions from his native country, Burkina Faso.

In early 2009, Sanfo first created a lion hunting shield by wrapping copper, brass and steel sheets around carved wood. This wrapping technique is based on the traditional method of shield and throne making of wrapping leather and tin around wood. He then began to create wall art by combining the wrapping technique with the Kassena style. Kassena women in southern Burkina Faso make architecturally organic and geometric murals on their mud houses. “This collection is my way of translating in a more modern way the richness of my culture,” Sanfo said.

Sanfo returned to Burkina Faso in December 2009 to learn additional lost wax bronze casting techniques. Sanfo said, “My newest sculptures are taller and more expressive in their poses and positions. This is an evolution in my work.” These bronze sculptures and others made in steel will also be in the show.

The Frank Stone Gallery is located at 1224 2nd St NE in Minneapolis. Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays, 12-5pm. The opening reception is Friday, April 23 from 5-9pm featuring a live solo performance by local singer Chastity Brown.

For more information, visit or call 612.227.8960.

High resolution images are available upon request.

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About Rabi Sanfo Rabi Sanfo, a Burkina Faso native, immigrated to Minneapolis in 2004. Since then, he has put his welding background to use by creating metal sculptures. Although his artistic techniques have evolved over the years, the core theme of his work remains: to share the history and culture of his native Burkina Faso. Sanfo has received numerous awards at juried exhibits and art festivals. He also supports local organizations by donating many pieces a year for fundraising events. Sanfo lives and works in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District.

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