Kader Boly was raised in a family of nomadic herders, on the plains of West Africa. Growing up surrounded by livestock and other wildlife indelibly shaped Kader’s unique artistic perspective. He began painting as a child, using mud, clay, and other local materials. He also learned traditional techniques including the creation of mud cloth textiles. Kader’s work is set apart by his use of handmade pigments crafted with natural materials sourced near his studio in Burkina Faso. These pigments ground his work in the place from which they come, while telling the stories of that place for all the world to see. Kader’s pastoral scenes explore community and contemplate human relationships to the natural world.