Kassou Seydou is a Senegalese artist, born in 1971 in Ziguinchor. Trained at the National School of Fine Arts in Dakar, laureate of several competitions and distinctions, this talented visual artist lives and works in Dakar.

Starting from the observation and considering that everything is script and that a script is a deformed line, Kassou Seydou conceptualizes it through a reproduction of constant circular forms.


Poetic and close to the narrative, his work reveals the vision of an altered and complex world. Through the perception and highlighting its dysfunctions, Seydou exposes a messy world with a palette of warm colors and lively characters. The artist’s consciousness is full of references, symbols, esoteric signs, animals, spirits and fetishes.


His childhood spent in Casamance, southern Senegal, greatly influences his work. The ambient animism, granting the natural elements a mystical force is very present in his work. Kassou Seydou transcribes the mystical atmosphere that inspires his reflection and his view of society. Deeply connected to the land and its origins, Seydou’s approach places nature and more particularly agriculture at the heart of a harmonious functioning of society.

Source of dissatisfaction, frustration and conflict, the process of resource depletion and growing structural inequalities are recurrent in his observations. For Kassou Seydou, it is essential to place human beings and nature at the heart of our concerns and to put the economy at their service. Caring for the earth, sharing and living equitably are values ​​that he defends in each of his art  works. His paintings immerse the spectator in the allegorical and expressive world. The tensions and alterations we find in his characters suggest a critique of society, while the attributes, emblems and representations of various fetishes bear witness to a strong faith in humanity and its traditions.

The diptych “Capital Wallah Region” (Capital or Region) depicts this duality between urbanity and rurality. We are shown the autopsy of two individuals and their concerns. In the center of their abdomen, the symbols express their priorities. For the rural man, it is agricultural machinery, land, livestock, rain or wintering. For the urban man, it is electricity, running water, acts of consumption or moments of society such as meals. These symptomatic observations of our contemporary world lead us to reflect; despite sufficient global resources and unprecedented technological achievements, how can humanity fail to provide livelihoods, clothing, shelter, medical care and the potential for its fulfillment for every individual?


This elementary reflection resonates throughout  the work of Kassou Seydou as an emergency. Seydou’s ideology advocates living in harmony with oneself and one’s environment, which is the only way for him to achieve harmony with others. Regardless of the diversity of societies, religions, cultures or traditions, through their actions, humans must tolerate, accept and respectfully observe this multifaceted world. The recurrence of fertile symbols of nature such as vegetation, religious symbols such as the cross or crescent, and animals such as goats or caimans, brings us back to the importance of the customs forged by humans over the centuries and role of culture in the world, source of balance.


  • Galerie C Fakhoury Dakar 2019 “ Mbindoum Kaw Gue”
  • Foire Biennale de Dakar Senegal 2018 “King of the New cities”
  • Galerie C Fakhoury – Abidjan: 24.06 – 23.09. 2017 « Kings of the new cities »
  • Fondation Blachère – Dakar : 9.10 – 22.10. 2017  

Pieces at the Gallery