Senegalese sculptor, Ousmane Sow dies at 81

Posted on December 01 2016 , at 08:39 pm
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  • The cause of his death is yet to be revealed.

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Ousmane Sow is the first African to be admitted to the French Academy of Beaux Arts. Credit: Getty Images

Renowned sculptor, Ousmane Sow is dead. The Senegalese passed on today, December 1, aged 81.

‘He has taken with him all the dreams and projects that his body was too tired to finish,’ a member of his family told AFP.

Meanwhile, the cause of his death is yet to be revealed.

Sow’s most famous statues include Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.

Sow stands before some of his sculptures. Photo- AFP
Sow stands before some of his sculptures. Credit: AFP

‘The fact that his works were shown all over the world proved that he was a giant of culture. It is a real loss,’ said Senegal’s Culture Minister Mbagnick Ndiaye.

His first exhibition was organized by Dakar’s French Cultural Center in 1987, and he’s the first African to be admitted to the French Academy of Beaux Arts.

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