Member of the National Association of Artists/Graphists, Senegal
Djibril NDoye is an internationally recognized
artist with artwork in galleries, universities, homes, and businesses
throughout West Africa, the USA, Mexico, Cuba, Western Europe, and
He has received numerous awards in recognition
of his talent as an artist.
Recently the subject of an 81-minute documentary film "Ndap li-Djibril N'Doye Lebou Artist",
Djibril attended its world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles CA in
February 2004. This film explores the life and unique woodburned artwork of Sierra Madre,
California based artist Djibril N'Doye who is from the Lebou tribe of Senegal in West
Africa. The film includes interviews with the artist in Wolof, the native language of
the Lebou people, with English subtitles, and interviews with both African American
and white American collectors.
For more information and to purchase this movie,
"Taking Root and Blossoming", Djibril's celebrated
1995 ballpoint pen drawing, was selected for the program cover of the
National Council of Black Studies 20th Annual National Conference held
in Washington, D.C., in November 1996.
Djibril NDoye considers his work to be universal
art, and his style of drawing is inspired by sculptures in ebony.
Processing images of different pieces of the dark hardwood, he is
able to create the effect of transparency in his art. The drawings
portray a variety of scenes from
daily life based in his native West Africa.
Previously working with standard materials such
as oil paint and watercolor, Djibril developed his own distinct
technique using only ballpoint pen during a half dozen years of
research and experimentation. After taking the ballpoint pen drawings
to a very high level of professionalism, Djibril began using charcoal
pencil on larger surfaces to further develop his intensely emotional detailed drawing style.
His newest beloved creations are drawn directly on wood with a woodburner (pyrography).
Born in 1953 in Bargny, Senegal, self-taught, and
a member of the National Association of Artists/Graphists of Senegal
(A.N.A.P.S.), Djibril NDoyes public life began when
he won First Prize in 1981 for an exhibit at the Popular Educational
Center in Rufisque, Senegal. The following year he was awarded First
Prize at the Blaise Senghor Cultural Center in Dakar, Senegal. This
recognition led to a solo exhibit at the Daniel Sorano National
Theater in Dakar in 1984. One year later, Djibril founded Suunu Nit
Artists Group in Bargny, his hometown, with the objective of
encouraging and developing local artists, painters, and writers,
and helping support Bargny's own artistic community.
From 1992-1995, Djibril regularly exhibited his
work at the Hotel Savana in Saly de MBour, from which over
150 original drawings were sold worldwide.
After relocating to the U.S.A. in 1995, Djibril devoted his time
to producing his own well-received first exhibit featuring 26 original
drawings. He has since actively participated in numerous exhibits
at festivals and galleries throughout Southern California, as well
as speaking to students from grammar school through college.