Ousmane Sow | the artist
The artist Ousmane Sow
Born 1935, Dakar, Senegal.
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I'm always surprised when people ask me questions about "the why of things". There's no logic in my approach. I'm guided only by my feelings. So I can't answer when people ask me, "Why the Indians and not the Samurai?"
Sculptor extraordinaire of the human body, Ousmane Sow (b. 1935, Dakar) infuses his creations with potent life force and raw energy. Inspired by Riefenstahls photos of the Nuba, he abandoned his career as a physiotherapist, invented new techniques and materials, and created The Nuba, a group of muscular, virile, larger-than-life wrestlers (1984-87). Monumental representations of The Masai (1989) and The Zulus (1990) followed, and in 1992 his work was selected for Documenta IX…