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Where Art Meets A: Mokodu Fall Portrays Black Icons Using Hand Painted Designs on Clothing


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Pape Macodou Fall (credit: alltheprettybirds.com)

Pape Macodou Fall is a Senegalese artist and a fashion designer. Mokodu started painting in the Dakar square newspapers in the early 1990s. He began his career as a painter in Italy after working as a political cartoonist in his home country for the journals " Afrique Economique" and "Le Débat."


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Despite his absence from his hometown and the discovery of a new culture as a result of his travels across Europe, his art remains profoundly rooted in his motherland. The artist specializes in figurative/portrait painting, and his works honor those who have made significant contributions to African culture, international peace, and urban cultures.

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Due to his belief in the power of music as a medium for spreading peace and unity all over the world, his work depicts characters such as Barack Obama, Cheikh Anta Diop, Leopold Sedar Senghor, Nelson Mandela, and musicians such as Ray Charles, Bob Marley, and Youssou Ndour, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and many others.

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In these last years after he started to paint on clothes; jackets, dresses, and pants among others, a unique approach to art. He then decided to transport his collection "Jardin de l'Amour" as an online clothing brand where he presents in different cities around the world.


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His work has been exhibited in numerous places throughout the world, including the Paris African Art Fair in October 2015. (France). Biennial of contemporary art and culture Rome (Italy). Dak'art Dakar Biennial, May 2016 (Senegal). With respect to his amusing work with painting, many painters consider his achievements to be far from the typical sophisticated style. Mokodu works in a variety of figurative styles, but his favorite is oil on canvas painting.

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