Simone Guirandou NDiayeThe founder
Simone Guirandou-N'Diaye, a graduate in History and Theory of Art and Applied Linguistics from the University of Ottawa (Canada), taught art history at the Institut National des Arts of Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire (INA now INSAC). She then started a gallerist career in 1985, first at home, then opening her first gallery in 1991: Arts Pluriels.
In 2011, she recorded her 25 years of artistic activities in a book published by the NEI-CEDA "Five Continents at the "Galerie Arts Pluriels" presenting the National and International artists she exhibited in her gallery.
Invited several times to the Biennale d’Art Contemporain of Dakar (Senegal), her activities led her to organize in Abidjan, in 1999, the 2nd Edition of Artistic Lines in ECOWAS (Economic Community of West Africa States) on Culture, Integration and the Environment in collaboration with Nigerian and Senegalese colleagues. She took an active part in the organization of the International Fair of Visual Arts in Abidjan and later, in 2011, was entrusted by the Government of Côte d'Ivoire, with the General Commissariat and the organization of the 1st edition of the International Exhibition of Visual Arts of Abidjan (SIAPA).
Recognized as a Personality in the Art World of Côte d'Ivoire and beyond borders, Simone Guirandou-N'Diaye is a member of the African Academy of Sciences, Arts, Cultures and African Diasporas (ASCAD) and a member of the International Association of Art Critics.
After thirty years of the Galerie Arts Pluriels, which has become the unmissable rendez-vous in Abidjan for visual artists, designers, photographers and art lovers of the five continents, Simone Guirandou together with her daughter Gazelle Guirandou, offers a new showcase for cultural and artistic promotion with LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery.
LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery is a place of escape and dreams. Offering artistic events marked by their aesthetics and quality, it is the unavoidable place of artistic emulation.
Travel shared with a growing family of artists, partners and friends, LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery is a vehicle for aesthetics, debates and transformations, for the promotion of artists and new techniques and meeting with an aesthetic public of all ages, and cultures constituting the vibrating megalopolis that is Abidjan. It is a question of spreading the current creation, of being on the side of the creators of a very fertile incubator of artists in order to make them known and to sensitize a new generation of collectors.
Each exhibition is a stimulating and rewarding experience, driven by the excitement of risk-taking and artistic choices. It is a rare opportunity to interact with the creators, to know each personality and sensitivity, but also to take advantage of the different views, insights and perspectives of a cosmopolitan audience.
Contemporary Art is a reflection of our society and raises a lot of questions. LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery, is in constant dialogue with the creators and their public participates in setting the spirits in motion and gives everyone the opportunity to revise their certainties.