Alioune Diagne

The artist

Born in 1985 in Kaffrine, Senegal, Alioune Diagne lives and works between Senegal and France. Former Beaux-Arts student in Dakar, he immediately distinguished himself by founding in 2013 an unique mode of expression : the "figuro-abstro". Composed of a figurative created from an infinite number of tiny unique element, Diagne's work challenges by its complexity and the dynamism of its scenes which depict the daily life of the black community and the African diaspora through the worl. Inspired by the philosophy of calligraphy, the "figuro-abstro" tells, like this mysterious scriptural art, an imaginary writing, an universal language and the intimate story of fragments of the artist's personal life and travels. At the age of 38 he thus lays the groundwork for deep reflection on current issues as the ecology, the place of women in society, the racism and the notion of transmission or heritage. 
Since 2011, his work has been the subject of numerous personal and collective exhibitions in Europe, Africa and Asia, including "Sing or Swim", 11th Biennale de Dakar, Villa Spivey, Senegal, 2014 ; "Itinerary on Colors", Espace Jean Drevon, Saint-Jean-de-Bournay (France), 2014 ; the exhibition outside the walls of Art Basel, 2017, Basel ; "Un nouveau regard", Aosta, Italy, 2017. His work has also been part of the national collection of Senegal since 2019. In 2022, Diagne's work was presented in an exhibition of the Dakar 2022 biennale at the Grand Théâtre of Dakar. Winner of the Norval Foundation’s Public Vote Prize in 2023, he is also exhibiting in the Netherlands as part of the group show "Africa Supernova", and at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen with a solo show entitled "Ndox-Glint". In January 2024, the artist will be exhibiting at the Galerie Templon in Paris and in April 2024, the artist will have the honor of representing his country on the Senegalese Pavilion at 60th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.


Exhibitions

  • Seede

    January 6 - February 24, 2024
    Paris - Beaubourg

  • Tukki

    January 14 - March 4, 2023
    Brussels

Biography

Birth Born in 1985 in Kaffrine, Senegal
Residence Lives and work in Dakar, Senegal
Education 2008 - École des Beaux-Arts, Dakar, Senegal

SOLO EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2024 Bokk – Bounds, Senegalese Pavilion, 60th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Seede, Templon, Paris, France
2023 Ndox-Glint, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, France
Tukki, Templon, Brussels, Belgium
2022 Ëttu Kër – Cour intérieure, Great National Theatre, Dakar, Senegal
2020 WONEMA - LET ME SEE, Dakar, Senegal
2019 PERCEPTIONS, We Art Partners, Paris, France
2018 Alioune Diagne, l’ArtAppart – We Art Partners, Paris, France
2017 Off-site exhibition, Art Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Un nouveau regard, Alliance Française, Aosta, Italy

Voir plus

2014 Itinéraire en Couleurs, Jean Drevon artspace, Saint-Jean-de-Bournay, France
2012 Itinéraire en Couleurs, Galerie Test du Bailler, Vienne, France

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION)

2023 Africa Supernova, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Norval Sovereign African Prize, Norval Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa (Winner of the Public Vote Prize)
2022 Ĩ Ndaffa#/Forger/Out of the fire, 14th African Contemporary Art Biennale, Dakar’s old Courthouse, Dakar, Senegal
2019 Tribute to Fatma Charfi, Galerie Nationale, Dakar, Senegal
2016 Galerie Le Moulinage des Rivières, Pélussin, France
Artbank Gallery, Shanghai, China
Empreintes digitales, Arte Gallery, Dakar, Senegal
Dak’Art Biennale 12th edition, Loman Art House, Dakar, Senegal
2015 Salon Africain Art Fair, Galerie Joseph Turenne, Paris, France
2014 Sink or Swim, 11th Dak’art Biennale, Villa Spivey, Dakar, Sénégal
Figuro Abstro, Galerie rêves d’Afrique, Saint-Étienne, France
2013 10th Edition exhibition, Lucien Hussel Hospital, Vienne, France
Collabor’Action, Galerie Loman Art, Dakar, Senegal
10th Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

Voir plus

2011 Nuit Africaine, L’Isle-d’Abeau, France
Maison du Peuple, Lyon, France

PERFORMANCES

2013 International Jazz Festival, Cybèle’s public garden, Vienne, France
Performance during Fête de la Musique (Music National day in France), Annonay, France
2012 International Jazz Festival, Vienne, France
International Jazz Festival, Musée Saint Pierre, Vienne, France

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2023 Ndox-Glint - Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, Paris, France
2022 Ëttu Kër – Cour intérieure, We Art Partners, Paris, France
2019 Alioune Diagne, PERCEPTIONS, Éditions Internationales du Patrimoine, Paris, France

Press

France 24 - January, 2024

Avec son style, Alioune Diagne expose le thème de l'immigration

RFI - janvier 2024

Culture africaine : le rendez-vous de janvier 2024

Siegfried Forster

Libération - November, 2023

A Rouen, la ronde rejoue la Seine


Le quotidien de l'art - November, 2023

Alioune Diagne au premier pavillon du Sénégal

Armelle Malvoisin

Sénégal : le succès du peintre Alioune Diagne

L'EVENTAIL - january, 2023

Alioune Diagne - Tokki

TV5 Monde - january, 2023


The Art Newspaper - October, 2022

La galerie templon accueille l'artiste Alioune Diagne

News

Alioune Diagne
SOLO SHOW – 60TH BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Arsenale, Venice
From April 20 to November 24, 2024

For its first participation, Senegal has selected the artist Alioune Diagne to represent his country at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia from April 20 to November 24, 2024.

Alioune Diagne
SOLO SHOW – NDOX—GLINT

Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen
From September 16, 2023 to March 5, 2024

Alioune Diagne’s solo show Ndox—Glint opens on September 16, 2023 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen.

Alioune Diagne
GROUP SHOW – AFRICA SUPERNOVA

Kunsthal KAdE, Netherlands
From September 24, 2023 to January 7, 2024

On the occasion of the group show Africa Supernova at Kunsthal KAdE, Alioune Diagne will present his artwork Mame Mindiss – 2 (Génie Tutélaire de Fatick) Marché de Fatick from September 24, 2023.

Alioune Diagne
GALLERY TEMPLON ANNOUNCES THE INTERNATIONALE REPRESENTATION OF THE FRENCH-SENEGALESE ARTIST, ALIOUNE DIAGNE

TEMPLON announces the internationale representation of the French-Senegalese artiste, Alioune Diagne.  Born in 1985 in Fatick, Senegal, Alioune Diagne lives and works between Dakar and Vienne in Isère, France. Graduated in 2008 from the Beau-Arts of Dakar, he immediatly distinguished himself by founding in 2013 a unique mode of expression : the “figuro-abstro”, a figurative image created from an infinite number of unique elements. Templon will present one of his works, “Modou Modou Dakarois”, 2019, in Paris+ and will dedicate a solo exhibition to him in January 2023 in its Brussels space. Since 2011, his work has been the subject of numerous personal and collective exhibitions in Europe, Africa and Asia, including “Sing or Swim”, 11th Biennale de Dakar, Senegal, 2014 ; “Itinerary on Colors”, Espace Jean Drevon, Saint-Jean-de-Bournay (France), 2014 ; the exhibition outside the walls of Art Basel, 2017, Basel ; “Un nouveau regard”, Aosta, Italy, 2017. His work has also been part of the national collection of Senegal since 2019. In 2022, Diagne’s work entered the national collection of Senegal and was presented in an exhibition of the Dakar 2022 biennal at the Grand Théâtre de Dakar.