Max Macodou DIOP’s, Femmes Senegalaise traditionelle dans la cuisine (Traditional Senegalese women in the kitchen) – 50 by 100 cm, acrylic on canvas, c. 1997
Max Macodou DIOP’s work represents his daily life in Senegal, a country south of the Sénégal River in western Africa. His paintings of country life, religion, a tea ceremony, and musicians give an impression of traditional culture that he believes is slowing getting lost…
Max’s family lived in St. Louis, Mo., but after Senegal gained independence in 1960, his family moved to Dakar. Senegal, a socially repressed African Muslim state, was formerly under rule of the French as a result of colonization.
DIOP received an education at the National School of Fine Arts in Dakar. From 1985-86, he studied at the Ecole Nationale Superieur des Beaux Arts in Paris. Currently, Max lives in Amsterdam with his passion for African art, sidestepping other artistic influences, with a style characterized by colorful, puzzle-like paintings.