Diagne Chanel is an eclectic and international artist working with painting, sculpture, performance, video and photography, strongly inspired by Italian renaissance architecture.
For the past 10 years, Diagne Chanel has been developing intercultural themes that compose French society, with exhibitions in several major international museums and two children’s books published by Paris Musées.
Chanel’s creative process revealed the genocide in South Sudan, and she has been involved in numerous human rights campaigns against racism and discrimination.
In 1980, Diagne Chanel accomplished her first study travel to Florence (Italy) and therefore still influenced by Renaissance architecture patterns, geometric constructions, sophisticated pavings; her steady portrayed plump figures offer a strong contrast with her quadrate compositions. Diagne Chanel was born in Paris. Her chromatic scale is vivid, although tightened around few blues, greens, ochers, browns and gold tones. She uses some thriftier materials such as cardboard, brownpaper, watercolors, pastels and charcoal on carton which she melds into various sophisticated textures.
Her work seems quite distant from any African influence until the late 80’s, when a sudden, profound change occurred in her work. The articulated titles of the series she then delivers do reveal this true and sudden emergence of Africa: “Back from Africa”, “A Season in Southern Sudan”, “Poung Zulus” where dark and chubby infants are outlined against flat and shiny tints.