Niang, Ousmane
Born 1989 in Tamba, Senegal
Lives and works in Dakar, Senegal
Ousmane Niang trained at Ecole nationale des arts in Dakar, and likes to mix techniques and influences in his work. His paintings, which draw from a technique called pointillism, symbolize society’s words through human-animal forms and expressions. The human-animal figure reveals both the endurance and the fragility of the social being in the face of powers of all kinds. Niang’s paintings touch upon various subjects such as freedom, tyranny, sharing, traditions, technologies and family life. The pointillist inspiration of his work is not trivial. Rather, each single point conceptualizes a solution to a specific social issue. More than a technique to Niang, the point is the nerve center of a social conflict, representing the society in which he lives. The young painter hopes to contribute to building a fairer world and does not neglect his role as an artist in suggesting solutions to problems that arise in his country and in the world. He intends to alert African leaders to the dominance of the Western world, and to bring self-confidence to the young generation.
Ousmane Niang, Le monde cherche un futur, 2019, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 200 cm, Courtesy Afikaris