Ibou N’Diaye

Ibou N’Diaye is a traditional Malian sculptor. He comes from a region in Mali known as “Dogon Country” which is known as a center for African Sculpture. He learned to sculpt using traditional tools such as hatchets, chisels, files and adzes. He prefers to work with very hard woods, such as ebony and mahogany. Ibou combines both modern and traditional imagery in his sculptures. Ibou first came to the United States in 1999, and he has shown his art in many galleries and juried art exhibits. He also worked as a “Teaching Artist” for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Ibou has also worked as an artist-in-residence at several Universities.

Artist Statement

When I sculpt, I am recovering hundreds of years of lost harmony of the people. In the past, people were proud of their work and did it with skill and power. People recognized of what you are capable. We have lost this belief. It is up to us the artists, to recover the harmony we held in the past. My art is a call to all who love harmony in the world. I want them to think of it again and share it with those who have lost this harmony. My sculptures embody this rediscovered harmony. It isn’t something I invent, it is innate. When I work, it comes out of me to touch others and try to speak to them. My sculptures speak my truth.

Solo Exhibitions

Jenny Carter House, California University, California PA / February, 2003

Uumbaji Gallery, Kent State University, Kent OH / April, 2001

Undercroft Gallery,  Pittsburgh, PA / October, 2000

Gallerie chiz, Pittsburgh, PA / August, 1999

 

Group Exhibitions

Takoma Park Community Center, Takoma Park, MD / October, 2014

Takoma Park Art Hop, Takoma Park, MD / April, 2014

Artist Alliance Gallery, Accra, Ghana / 2012-2013

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh PA / January, 2003

Garfield Art Works, Pittsburgh, PA / June, 2002

Makitaara Studios, Pittsburgh, PA / April-May, 2002

Visual Arts Center, Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA / February, 2002

Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA / November, 2001

Carnegie Mellon University Africa, International Festival, Pittsburgh, PA /October, 2001

Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA / August, 2001

James Simon Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA / June, 2001

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA / February, 2001

Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA / December, 2000

Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickly, PA / October, 2000

Harmony House Gallery, Wilkinsburg, PA / July, 2000

 

Occupant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA / June, 2000

Occupant Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA / April, 2000

Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA / January, 2000

Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickly, PA / October, 1999

Les Idees Gallery, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA / September, 1999

Gallerie Chiz, Pittsburgh, PA /March, 1999

 

Demonstrations

Society for Contemporary Craft Pittsburgh, PA / December, 1999

Utrecht, Pittsburgh, PA / November, 1999

Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA / August, 1999

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA / July, 1999

 

Artist Residencies

Jenny Carter House, California University of PA, California, PA / February, 2003

Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Pittsburgh, PA

Dept. of Fine Art and Sculpture, California University of PA, California, PA / February, 2002

Dept. of African Studies and the Dept. of fine Arts, Kent State University, Kent, OH / April, 2001

 

Awards

 Sweetwater Center for the Arts, Sewickly, PA / October, 1999

 

Presenter

Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Washington, DC / June, 2003

 

Articles

Western Pennsylvania proves to be a land of opportunity for African immigrants Sunday, March 16, 2003

Strangers in America, Contrast Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2000, Vol. 3 Issue 1 Pp. 20-21