KRE MBAYE

 

He was born Andy Keve in Dakar, Senegal on April 25, 1949. He was nicknamed “Kere” or “Kre” even as a primary school child because he used to draw constantly on the classroom blackboard with chalk (« craie » in French). Since 1969 he has been an associate of celebrated African artists such as Ibou Diouf, Mamadou Niang, Seidou Barry, Mor Faye (father of Ousmane Faye) and Art College professor Pierre Lods.

In 1974 he played the head of a gang in the well-received movie Baks (Yamba)[2] produced by Momar Thiam, but abandoned his acting career in favor of his career as an artist. His first exhibition in 1976 at the Dynamique Museum of Dakar was highly acclaimed, his painting “The Messenger” receiving particular praise by President Léopold Sédar Senghor.

Some of his best-known works are his portraits of women inspired by the face of his mother Fari Fate (Mame Fari),[3] “a woman griot of great renown; a fascinating storyteller of Senegalese history”. Very stylish, full of exuberance and cheerfulness, Fari Fate with her jewelries, her meticulous dresses, her elaborate hairstyles, inspired to the artist a painting style full of fineness. M'Baye has another style that tends to abstract paintings dominated by blue and orange colors.

M'Baye is a disciple of Pierre Lods and was self-trained in the workshop of Peter Plastics Research Lods.[4] In 1994 Gaston Madeira formed "Netty Guy" (The Three Baobabs), bringing together Kré M'Baye, Moussa N'Diaye Baydie M'Baye and Zulu, three painters representative of the School of Arts in Dakar, who in 1998 opened a gallery on the Senegalese island of N'gor and founded Workshops N'gor.[5] He was a participant in Tenq, the first workshop on the Triangle model (led by El Hadji Sy and sponsored by CBAO, Maersk, SAEC and the British Council, Dakar) held in West Africa, which took place at the Lycée Cheikh Oumar Fontiyou in Saint-Louis, Senegal; the first event of Africa95, a year-long festival celebrating African arts in the UK and Africa, featuring 25 artists from 10 African countries and Great Britain.[6]

His brother Seni M’Baye is also a noted Senegalese artist.

 

Exhibitions

 

1976

First exhibit to the 4th Senegalese painters and visual arts show at the Dynamique Museum of Dakar.

 

1983

New Expressions at Lorient in France

 

1985

French Cultural Center in Dakar

 

1985

IFA Gallery in Bonn, Germany

 

1987

Senegalese painters & visual artists exhibit – received Prize of the Head of State

 

1987

Stadfische Gallery in Wendlinger in Germany

 

1988

American Cultural Center of Dakar at the National Gallery – Kre’s Totem du Silence was the only painting selected to be put to auction

 

1990

Le’Arche de la Defense in Paris, France

 

1995

Cape Verde’ Islands – several traveling exhibitions

 

1996

Contemporary Art Exhibition of Dammarie-les-Lys in France – won the City Prize

 

1996

Selected to the Dak’Art 1996 Biennale[7]

 

1998

Mil Arte, 98 Mill Lane (West Hampstead) London, England April - May

 

1999

Kenkeleba Gallery in New York City, U.S.A.

Since 1999, Permanent exposition at the Antenna Gallery, Félix Faure street in Dakar

 

2002

Arts Plastiques Exposition: Dakar - Dakart at Aude Minart in Paris, France April 30 - May 5[8]

 

2005

April 1–14 National Gallery of Art - Sponsored by the American Cultural Center, National Museum of African Art in Washington. Three exhibitions of artists: Souleye Keita, Jacob Yacouba, and Amadou Kré M'Baye

 

2005

St. Mark's Church[disambiguation needed], New York City, U.S.A. Participated in Plexus International's presentation Erosions and Renaissance, Act IV 12/10/05

 

2006

Senegalese Contemporary Art Exhibit: The Jokko Bar-Expo - 5 Rue Elzévir Paris, France (June - July)

 

2007

Fine Arts Exhibition at Marcel Rozier's gallery in Bois-le-Roi from May 12–20

 

2008

Black Visibility: Contemporary African Art Exhibit March 19 - April 5 at the Conservatoire des Arts, 1, parvis sources 78180 Montigny-le-Bretonneux, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

 

Awards

 

 

1987 Prize of the Head of State of Senegal

1996 City Prize of Dammarie-les-Lys, France

1999 Awarded L’Ordre National du Lion by Abdou Diouf, President of the Republic of Senegal

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