Born in 1968 in Bignona, Senegal. Lives and works in Dakar, Senegal
Camara Gueye approaches the urban vernacular and the rhythms of cities. He describes his task as “enlightening all that is dark in life”, I tell all the ills of society. I am a storyteller, a poet of the street who lives with his art ». His work offers a commentary on the experiences of poverty, urbanization and industrialization and their discontents. Bright colors suggest hope and vitality of human life, countering the darkness of his themes.
Camara Gueye's art is autobiographical, imbued with village folklore, and centers around human interactions and community, mainly between neighbors, friends and loved ones in their homes and cafes.
Camara Gueye graduated from National School of Fine Arts in Dakar in 1997. His work has been exhibited in over 30 group presentations and 10 solo exhibitions in Senegal, France, Spain and the USA, among others. He has completed artist-in-residence programs in Tripoli, Libya; Geneva, Switzerland; La Rochelle, France; and Apt, France. His work is owned by such esteemed collectors as Angela Bassett and Courtney Vance, by Victoria and Terrell Tilford, by artist and historian Samella Lewis and by CCH Pounder.