Alioune Diagne

Selected works


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, 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 biennal at the Grand Théâtre de Dakar. Winner of The Norval African Art Prize in 2023, he is also part of "Africa Supernova" group exhibition in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. 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.

L'EVENTAIL - janvier 2023
- Alioune Diagne - Tokki - PDF of the news
The Art Newspaper
- La galerie templon accueille l'artiste Alioune Diagne - PDF of the news