Ousmane Niang
Lives & Works in Dakar, Senegal
Ousmane Niang’s work stands out for the pointillist technique that he has used since the beginning of his career, as well as for the anthropomorphic figures inhabiting his work. In his paintings, he tends to create clear distinctions between anthropomorphic animals and those that are wild, posing questions relating to domination of animals by humans, and the taken-for-granted nature of the hierarchy between the two groups. In his most recent work, this dichotomy is no longer so clear-cut. Humans merge with nature, presenting an image of harmony and cohesion. The dots that are ubiquitous in Niang’s art seek to represent society’s issues and signify that each problem comes with its solution. His paintings are not only meant to provide grounds for contemplation, Niang intends for them to be a call to action. Niang's work has been showcased during international art fairs such as 1-54 in London, UK, 1-54 in New York, USA, Art X Lagos in Nigeria, Investec in Cape Town, South Africa, and AKAA in France. Ousmane Niang will be presented by AFIKARIS.

Ousmane Niang, Portons les arbres, 2023, Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 150 cm. Courtesy of AFIKARIS Gallery.

Artists 2023