ALIOU DIACK

Biography

Aliou Diack is a Senegalese artist, living and working in Dakar, Senegal. Born in 1987 in Sidi Bougou (region Mbour), Diack develops a very early fascination for his environment and exploration of “mère nature”. His first encounter with art started at the age of ten, when he moved away from his family to the capital of Senegal, Dakar, to study. To sate his nostalgia for the green flora, wild fauna– the nature by his village, he started to reproduce and create his own environment by drawings and paintings.
From 2009 to 2014 Diack studies fine art at École Nationale des Arts de Dakar (ENA). Over these years, his self-taught, intuitive drawing style, in combination with rigor and consistent endurance/working rhythm he learned from ENA, developed into a strong identified visual method to express himself. His main sujet and motifs in his paintings are animals and nature– often camouflaging, sometimes awakening from the ground or even dissolving in the air. He creates multilayered landscape by combining patches of color with concrete lines and scattering of pigments. Pigments, which are made of dead plants and trees, often used for medical purposes in Senegal.
In Diack´s artistic practices, he deals with the question of „what one can give and what one can get“ by experimenting with various ways of coincidences and conscious intervention in the image during his working process.
Fundamentally, Diack´s concept/ comprehension of art goes far beyond painting itself. By expressing himself trough a visual language and using his paintings as an aid, he is searching for a way of sustainable „sharing“ and reflecting the art system and its circulation.

Solo Exhibition
2019
– „Chaman“, OH Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)
– “Àdduna”, Donwahi Foundation (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)
2018
– 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, (S)itor Senghor Gallery (London, UK)

Group Exhibition

2020
– „Intersection Tamba“, Centre Culturel (Tambacounda, Senegal)

2019
– „Seeds for future memories“, Villa Romana/ Freiraum/ Acud / IFA Galerie (Berlin, Germany)
– 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Anne de Villepoix Gallery (New York, USA)
– ART DUBAI – Collaboration: Atiss Gallery and MAM Gallery (Dubai, UAE)
– Duo Show “Les Fabulistes”, Le Manège Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)

2018
– „Trio show“, Anne de Villepoix Gallery (Paris, France)
– “Exotic truce”, Contemporary Art in West Africa, Brasserie Claussen – Collaboration: Atiss Dakar
Gallery and Nosbaum Reding Gallery, (Luxembourg City, Luxembourg)
– „Collective exhibition“, OH Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)
– „The Bell of the Ants“, Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak’Art OFF, Agit’art Laboratory
Dakar (Dakar, Senegal)
– „Untitled“, Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak’Art OFF, Atiss Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)

2017
– Partcours, Atiss Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)
– AKAA Carreau du Temple (Paris, France)
– „ART X LAGOS“, Collaboration: Atiss Gallery, MAM Gallery, Donwahi Foundation (Lagos, Nigeria)
– “Alem, L’A-Venir”, Agit’art Laboratory Dakar, Le Manège Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)
– Art Paris Art Fair, Atiss Gallery Dakar (Paris, France)
– „D-Click Collective“ (Aliou Diack, Ibrahima Dieye), National Gallery of the Arts (Dakar, Senegal)
– Regards sur Cour 2017, City Hall (Gorée Island, Senegal)

2016
– „Collective exhibition“, Artistic Itinerary of Saint Louis, CRDS (Saint Louis, Senegal)
– Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak’Art OFF, Old Malian Market – Agit’art Laboratory Dakar
(Dakar, Senegal)
– Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak’Art OFF, Atiss Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)
– Eiffage Marathon Senegal, CICAD Diamniadio (Senegal)
– Partcours, Atiss Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)

2015
– Partcours, Atiss Gallery (Dakar, Senegal)
– Palais de Papes, Blachère Foundation (Avignon, France)

2014
– “Tribute to women”, National Gallery of the Arts (Dakar, Senegal)
– Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Dak’Art OFF, Daniel Sorano National Theater (Dakar, Senegal)
– „Give 1“ project, USAID (Ngor Island, Senegal)
– Mixed rhythm performance & exhibition with Doudou Ndiaye Coumba Rose and Modern High
School of Dakar, CICES (Dakar, Senegal)