BREAKING: Africa’s Greatest Sculptor, Ousmane Sow Is Dead

By Ikenga Chronicles December 1, 2016

BREAKING: Africa’s Greatest Sculptor, Ousmane Sow Is Dead

A Senegalese and one of the world greatest sculptors Ousmane Sow is dead. He died on Thursday, December 1 at the age of 81, according to reports.

“With his death, he leaves behind dreams and projects that his tired self could not carry out” his family said.

Report has it that Sow became the first African to be named a member of France’s prestigious Academie des Beaux-Arts, being elected as a foreign associate in 2012.

His works have been displayed across the world including 1992’s edition of documenta IX, which takes place once every five years, and the Whitney Museum in New York.

Born in Dakar in 1935, Sow held his first exhibition in 1987 in the Senegalese capital –his hometown–organized by the French cultural center.

Senegalese Minister for Culture Mgabnick Ndiaye said that Sow’s death was “a very great loss for Senegalese and African sculpture” and that “the works of art that he exhibited worldwide show that he was a giant of culture.”

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