We had the pleasure to meet Mokodu and ask him some questions about his work.
Mokodu was born as a cartoonist in Senegal. Slowly his art develops and evolves, and he with it. He then moved to Italy where he has lived for 20 years.
His work has been shown in numerous exhibition throughout the world, notably The October 2015 African Art fair Paris (France); May 2015 Biennial Contemporary Art and Culture Rome (Italy); May 2016 Biennial Dak’art Dakar (Senegal).
Mokodu’s art develops once again when he also participates in Afro Fashion Week Milan 2018 as a fashion designer.
We wanted to meet Mokodu to ask him some questions about his wonderful work.
Questions For Mokodu, Painter and Fashion Designer
- Tell us something about yourself.
- Art seems to be an important part of your life. How was this passion of yours born?
- What does art represent for you?
- From your works, we can see that Africa and its elements are a considerable part. Is there a message you want to convey?
- We know that you are a cartoonist, a painter and a fashion designer. How do these three arts come together in your work?
- What does “fashion” mean to you?
- You also founded your own fashion house. Tell us a little bit about how it was born and the style and design that distinguish it.
#1. Hi Mokodu! Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Mokodu FALL, I am a self-taught painter and fashion designer. I am of Senegalese origin and I have lived in Italy since 1996.
#2. Art seems to be an important part of your life. How was this passion of yours born?
From a young age I have always liked to draw everything that happens to me. As a teenager, I frequented cartoonists from a local newspaper in Senegal, and so I started working as a cartoonist. From there, other newspapers started to ask me for services as a designer and I am there now: I never stopped.
#3. What does art represent for you?
Art has an inestimable value for me, it is my most faithful companion. In my moments of sadness I find my refuge there and I manage to externalize all my feelings that I cannot express freely. I am in love with it.
#4. From your works, we can see that Africa and its elements cover a considerable part of it. Is there a message you want to convey?
Being from this continent, Africa remains my first inspiration. I like to draw African warriors, the African woman and her beauty, and finally the animals and the forest. The message through my paintings, whose inspiration remains Africa, is to show that Africa, despite its painful past, still remains an Africa with its culture in all its splendor.
#5. We know that you are a cartoonist, a painter and a fashion designer. How do these three arts come together in your work?
Originally I am a painter. I was invited under my artist’s cap to Afro Fashion Week in Milan, edition 2017, and it was at the end of these events that I got the idea of using painting on clothes. I already had my own personalized clothes with my touch, I extended this method to women’s clothing and others.
#6. What does “fashion” mean to you?
Another really exciting new world that I’m still discovering. Fashion has allowed me to broaden my field of action and I express myself even more freely through my drawings on the end of the fabric. I think It is an important tool for development.
#7. You also founded your own fashion house. Tell us a little bit about how it was born and the style and design that distinguish it.
Everything was born from the moment I started drawing on clothes. Each coat takes up a story from a painting that I had already expressed on canvas. My collection Jardin de l’amour is currently the one that I mostly use on dresses, jackets among others.
We want to thank Mokodu for giving us the opportunity to take a closer look at his wonderful work.
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