Born in 1971 in Ziguinchor in Southern Senegal. Lives and works in Dakar.
Seydou «Kassou» Diedhiou studied at the "Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts" in Dakar between 1998 and 2001. Winner of the Wapi competition, art section of the British Council in 2009, engaged in the human and African cause, he is sensitive to the family that constitutes the human race, the peoples of all continents. These achievements are the result of a learning and a courageous sharing of techniques and artistic values.
A script represented by a line unravels and rearranges under the artist’s brushes. Starting from the observation that all things are scripts and that a script is a distorted line, Kassou Seydou conceptualizes it through a reproduction of constant circular shapes. Poetic and similar to narration, the work of the Senegalese painter unveils his view of an altered and much more complex world. Through perceiving and pointing out its dysfunctions, Kassou Seydou exposes a disordered world using a warm color scheme and lively characters.
The artist consciousness is filled with references, symbols, esoteric signs, animals, spirits and fetishes. Stemming from his early childhood and frequent stays in Casamance, this mystical aspect inspired his reflection and gaze on society. Deeply connected to the land and his origins, Kassou Seydou’s approach puts nature and more specifically agriculture at the heart of a harmonious functioning of society. Source of dissatisfaction, frustration, and conflict, the process of resources depletion and the growing structural inequalities are recurrent observations.
To Kassou Seydou’s mind, it is critical to put humans and nature at the core of our concerns, and economy at their service. Caring for the land, sharing, and equity are values he advocates for in each of his pieces.