- Simon Njami
(b St Louis, Nov 17, 1951).
Senegalese painter, graphic artist, mosaicist and printmaker , active in Austria. Interested in painting since he was a child, he studied at the Institut National des Arts du Senegal (1969–73) and the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. Although he lives in Vienna, he visits Dakar for several months each year. In 1975 he was commissioned to create a mosaic for the University of Dakar. He participated in Dak’Art ’92 and other international exhibitions, and among his honours is the selection of his design for the logo of Dak’Art ’96. Inspired by his Muslim religion and Arabic calligraphy, his paintings are composed of Islamic motifs in black and ochre, evoking Koranic writing boards. The overall effect is one of linear geometry. The linear quality of his work has been compared to that of Oshogbo artists. In other works the lines are abstracted blue and white elements, with varied symbols faintly visible....