Born in Yene, Senegal in the early 70’s, Abdala recalls being artistic at a young age. At the age of 12 he had his first showing in Paris and sold all of his paintings. From that day forth, Abdala Faye immersed himself in art and became a full time artist. He continues to present pieces of mastership of mind through his depictive art work. Paintings can take anywhere from 3 hours all the way up to 2 days and sometimes longer to complete.
…to globe trotter
Abdala has had art exhibits across the world including Brazil, France, Belgium, Senegal, and America. When coming to America, he felt a depth within its world of various cultures, the true mixing bowl. In America, Faye felt he had “Something to say; to do.”
There are a couple of places he still would like to visit. One dream that he has is to travel to India and sleep on the steps of the Taj Mahal. Another place he would like to experience is the culture and arts of New Orleans. He feels New Orleans is a part of his heritage because it was a port for the french slave ships that deported from Africa. He wants to be able to see another piece of his homeland that he hasn’t been a part of before.
Abdala believes that artists are an important tool to bring beauty into society and they should give as much as they can.
In addion to being a leader and fellow revolutionaire for artists throughout Senegal, he embraces the co-foundership of “Art Express”. This program aids those with disabilities by means of art experimentation regardless of economical status.
In his local community of Chillicothe, Ohio, Abdala donated a piece of art and his time to inspire young artists to find positive outlets in their lives. Read the article and more news.
Abdala has been playing the hand drum even before he started painting. He also plays bass guitar.
Art is My VoiceRead Video Transcript
I'm Abdala Faye, artist
1:15 - 1:50I'm Abdala Faye, artist. I'm from Senegal, born and raised. I spent most of my life doing art. I started when I was 12 and my career has taken me to places that I never thought I would be. As an artist, my focus has been to research the meaning of life through what I'm doing everyday.
My focus in art
2:00 - 4:13My focus in art is more of a researching new meanings and new ways to present art as a tool to help society understand its own soul. And it took me to chemistry because I spent the last 10 years searching for a new medium. I am going to show you pretty soon what I came up with. It took me to the understanding that art is not only painting or carving but we need to look for new mediums like sawdust for instance. It is the medium that I love to use and I've been using it for over 9 years now and its working.So when it comes to my style I don't see my art is belonging to any style or movement because its soul purpose is we need to reflect the power of the mind. The power of the soul. The power of being honest to what you're doing. I try to be as honest as I can just to follow the stream of inspiration. I don't see why I should be calculating what I do, so I just do as I go. Like writers or singers, I follow my heart to do what I do best, which is art.
4:42 - 5:05Every single person I have met everyday has an impact on the way I think, on the way I live. I can't do anything else but to give them what I can, to give them what I possess, and that is art. So that's me. And art is my voice.
Ode a Dali
5:21 - 6:40This is a piece that I really love. It's really surrealistic and its called "Ode a Dali" and it's really something that I feel I should give to the man. That incredible human being that passed through. I wish I knew him. I wish I could shake his hand. I wish I could pay him a bigger tribute than this but this is all I can do. This is me telling the world that Dali is a thinker. And this thinker, that even though life has been hard to him, people misunderstood him, he kept on going. To be that guy is a big example of how society should be. Never have boundaries in the way you think. Never be restrained on one single thing. Always explore.
6:52 - 7:50I don't want to depend on prefabricated things. Which I am not against but I like to see my product from start to finish so I build my own structures. I stretch my own canvas. I have my own way of prepping my work. Like the canvas itself. This is a frame that I have made, like a stretcher at home. I happen to have a workshop downstairs that I use to build anything, any structural thing I want to do. This is one of my stretchers that's homemade.
Price Hill - Cincinnati, OH
9:03 - 9:54That one that I just stretched and 10 more are going to be part of a collection that I'm working on for next year. It is only going to be about Price Hill. Price Hill is the place I live, it's a neighborhood in Cincinnati that really interests me because of the dynamic that drive people to bring them to nice things that I've never encountered with all my life.
Preparing sawdust mixture
10:11 - 10:47What I'm doing now is I have my sawdust ready and if you believe it or not I use regular elmer wood glue, just a little tiny bit so it doesn't affect the color when I put it in because its going to turn really translucent but I don't want that to affect it in any way what I am doing.
11:43 - 12:00This is what we got. This is the mixture that I am going to use as the background before I start painting in a couple hours, or three depending on how it is here.
My whole life is about art
15:00 - 15:37This is me in my studio and this is how I live. My whole life is about art, my own life is simple as it is and I'm happy doing this. Thank you for taking the time to watch the video. Hopefully you like what I do. You can check out my web site. God bless. Peace on earth.