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“Famoudou Konaté” - 14 x 18 in. (36 x 46 cm), Graphite and charcoal on bristol.

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Famoudou Konaté

14x18 graphite and charcoal on bristol.

Famoudou Konaté is a world-renowned djembé player from Guinée, West Africa, and was my teacher in West Africa for more than a decade, over the course of many trips. We remain friends and I visit with him whenever I’m back in Guinea.

Drawing on Culture

An Artist’s West Africa Travelogue


In Drawing on Culture, Kobrenski shares his artwork, stories, and insights about culture and worldviews with the keen eye of an anthropologist so that we might, in turn, see our own cultural worldview with new eyes.

More than thirty new artworks from his time in Guinea are compiled here alongside his own field notes and essays. His portrait drawings inspire conversations about diversity, tradition, and why ancient ways of knowing are now more relevant than ever.

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“Dave Kobrenski is a gifted artist and musician, and a better anthropologist than many of the PhDs I know. Here is a fine text that depicts people as they are, illustrates their essence, and demonstrates the importance of appreciating, without appropriating, their lives and ways of being.”

Katherine Donahue, Ph.D, Professor Emerita, Anthropology