Recently exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2019) and the Centre Pompidou in Paris (2020), Senegalese artist Omar Ba (b. 1977) is now considered one of the most promising artists in the African scene.
In 2014, the Piasa Auction House found no buyers for a monumental work (203 x 150 cm/80 x 59 in), Au royaume des pyromanes (In the Kingdom of Pyromaniacs), offered at a low estimate of €16,000. Four years later, prices had already doubled in galleries and equivalent paintings were in demand at €32,000. As a result, in June 2020, Piasa achieved the artist's highest hammer price to date, €56,000, for This Way is Not Easy 2 (2011). Ba's works already feature in several major museums, including the Louis Vuitton Foundation for Contemporary Art and the permanent collection of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.