Mbaye Babacar Diouf
Mbaye Babacar Diouf (b.1983, Pekine-Senegal) lives and works in Dakar, Senegal.
He graduated from the National School of Art in 2007 and obtained an MA in philosophy of
the Arts at the Institute Cheikh Anta Diop University-both located in Dakar.
In his practice, Diouf uses painting, sculpture, and installation. He is interested in digging
into the rich Senegalese philosophical and intellectual history, and issues of spirituality, to
examine contemporary Senegalese society and challenges it faces within the global
His work has been examining notions such as: communities and individuals’
visibility, ownership, and transformation, African history, and art as social engagement.
Mbaye Babacar Diouf exhibited extensively in Senegal, including at the Dakar Biennale,
“Dak’ Art 2016” curated by Simon N’jami; Raw Material (2016), IFAN (2021), The Museum
of Black Civilizations (2022), all in Dakar.
He was the recipient of many awards on the
African continent, including: the Silver Prize, Painting, at the Francophonie Games, 2017
(Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire), and the 1 st Prize for Art, City of Dakar , 2022 (with A. Bassene).
He had been exhibited outside Senegal, among others, at: the Institut du Monde Arabe,(2017),
La Villette, Cite des Arts et des Sciences,(2017), both in Paris, France; Musee Mohamed
VI, Rabat, Morocco (2020). He was a Resident at the Cite des Arts, Paris in 2019.