Momodou Ceesay (artist)

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Momodou Ceesay
Born 1945
Banjul, the Gambia
Died N/A
Nationality Gambian
Education Wesleyan University
University of Poitiers
La Sorbonne
Known for Painting

Momodou Ceesay is an artist and author.[1][better source needed] He was born in 1945 in Banjul, the capital of the Gambia.

Early life[edit]

Ceesay's early education was in Banjul, followed by scholarships and academic studies at Suffield Academy and Wesleyan University, Connecticut (USA). In 1970, he received a bachelor's degree with majors in languages and literature.[2] He continued his studies in France at the University of Poitiers and La Sorbonne. For his studies of the French language, Ceesay received diplomas from each of these universities.[2]


After graduation, Ceesay decided to become an artist. Essentially self-taught, he creates acrylics, watercolors, and serigraphs. In his printmaking, Momodou produces small editions by hand, without a mechanized studio. One of his earlier serigraphs entitled "Evening Works" was selected by UNICEF as one of their 1976 designs.[2][3]



  • Goethe Institute, Lagos, Nigeria
  • La Gruta Galeria, Bogota, Colombia
  • National Museum of History, Teipei, Taiwan
  • Theatre National Sorano, Dakar, Senegal
  • University of Massachusetts Library, Boston
  • Galerija Likovnih Samorastnikov, Trebnje, Slovenia
  • Ille-lfe Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


  • Gallery of Art, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
  • Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
  • ISC Art Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles
  • International Biennial of Color Graphics, Switzerland
  • Museum of African American Art, Los Angeles
  • Golden State Mutual Insurance Company, Los Angeles
  • National Center for Afro-American Artists, Boston
  • "Africa Now!", World Bank, Washington, DC (2007–09)[4]
  • "Voices of Courage", Freedom To Create Prize Exhibition (2010) [5]
  • Mojo Gallery, Dubai (2011): "As It Is! Contemporary Art from Africa & the Diaspora" [2]


Books and articles about Momodou Ceesay:

  • Donahue, Benedict. "The Cultural Arts of Africa", Washington, D.C.: University Press of America, 1979. See page 167.[6]
  • Fosu, Kojo. "20th Century Art of Africa", Zaria: Gasklya Corporation, 1986. Illus. See pages 155–156. (Addit.Ref: Contemporary African Art, 1977)
  • Gardella, David. "Momodou Ceesay of the Gambia", African Arts (Los Angeles) 7(4): 40–41, summer 1974. illus.[7]
  • "Massachusetts: African Contemporary Art"; [exhibition, Gallery of Art, Howard University, Washington, D.C., 30 April – 31 July 1977]. Washington, D.C.: The Gallery, 1977. [31]pp. illus.
  • Harper, Mary. "A Distinctive Style", [review of Exhibition of Gambian artist Momodou Ceesay at Safari Afro-Gallery, London (1989)]. West Africa (London) no. 3755: 1314, 7–13 August, 198. illus.[8]
  • Kennedy, Jean. "New Currents, Ancient Rivers: Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change". Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992. illus. See page 94.[9]


  1. ^ Gambian Writers, Source: Posted 28 July 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d The Mojo Gallery
  3. ^ WGBH Educational Foundation/WGBH-TV (1976) Archived 9 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Cultural Arts of Africa", Benedict Donahue
  7. ^ "Momodou Ceesay of the Gambia", David Gardella
  8. ^ "A Distinctive Style", Mary Harper
  9. ^ *"New Currents, Ancient Rivers: Contemporary African Artists in a Generation of Change", Jean Kennedy JSTOR 219581

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