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TIDIANE NDONGO

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Tidiane N'DONGO is a visual artist born in 1970 in Bamako, Mali. He began his education in a Koranic school before joining a Franco-Arab establishment. He studied there until he obtained his baccalaureate. Having been unable to obtain a scholarship to continue her studies abroad, Tidiane has odd jobs.  

 

It was in 1994 that he decided to learn the bogolan technique from Youssouf Sidibé Nelly in Bamako-Coura, a popular district of the Malian capital. Very quickly, Youssouf who becomes his master and his friend, entrusts him with the management of his workshop. While remaining attached to the traditional technique - based on clay, plants and roots... - Tidiane develops his own style which he calls DOGODOGONI = LABYRINTH and GALLERY.

 

After learning bogolan, Tidiane began to teach bogolan to young people in her neighborhood. It was at this time that he became very close to his neighbour, the late Yssou Keita (a great artist from the same neighborhood). It is Yssou Keita who pushes him and directs him in the realization of his first paintings.

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