Alioune Diagne was born in Senegal in 1985. Even as a child he drew a lot. One of his teachers noticed it and made him reproduce observation drawings and maps to illustrate his lessons. This very academic learning of drawing allowed him to become an outstanding draftsman, renowned among his teachers, his classmates and his fellows. 


He entered the Beaux Arts of Dakar in 2008 and quickly wanted to push his practice and artistic expression further. After several colourful exhibitions and his departure for France, which adopted him, his style asserts itself within a pictorial movement that he founded, the Figuro-Abstro.


The figuro-abstro style makes it possible to apply to a figurative form carrying a message, the expression of a feeling or an unconscious and therefore abstract thought. This movement enhances the construction of and around the image. It eliminates the detail of the figurative image because it is the one who looks who decides what is and does the detail. Having learned to draw and copy the details allows Alioune Diagne to free himself from them in order to paint with his emotions. 


Its objective is to preserve what is essential in the image, i. e. the shapes and colours. It empties the image (figurative part) of the superfluous, of the detail. He seeks to reach what is behind the painting, beyond the façade of the image, and offers the attentive and curious spectator his own interpretation of the visible and an access to the most intimate part of the subject. 


For Alioune Diagne, it is a question of fixing an emotion, a feeling on an image that inhabits her thanks to an unconscious system of abstract representation made up with colour and signs. What is said in a figurative or abstract way on the canvas, in the assembly of signs and colours, is intended to be a universal message.

As a committed and supportive artist, his works convey the values that are dear to him. They pay tribute to Senegalese women, mothers, sisters, daughters, to forgotten ancestors, to children who are the guarantors of the future. . . His works are marked by respect, memory, optimism but sometimes also criticism. 


Alioune Diagne wants his art to reflect social facts, to awaken people's awareness about some traditions, some behaviours and some omissions. The characters they present in his works are alive or have lived. Anonymous displayed to all to carry and transmit a message and values dear to the artist. 


Each small painted form is considered as a detail of the experience and character of its characters, their meticulous assembly gradually giving life to an image, a face in situation, as each stage of life reveals the character and personality of each person. 


This slow graphic construction work reflects the complexity of the human being in constant transformation. Inspired by calligraphic practice, Alioune Diagne proposes with an imaginary but universal writing, the intimate account of each life, its particular path in today's reality - family breakdown, abuse, rape, delinquency - with modesty and tenderness.

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