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Claude Gomis

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Claude Gomis is a Senegalese artist, designer and musician residing in New York. His sphere of artistry drew from traveling and performing as a dancer and percussionist with his father, Rudy Gomis, from Orchestra Baobab. As a teenager he began his career as a visual artist by creating stadium-sized concert backdrops for musicians like Youssou N’dour and Positive Black Soul. He held his first solo exhibition as a sculptor and painter at 16 years of age. After completing his studies at the “Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Dakar”, Gomis moved to New York where he pursued his musical career, recording and touring the world with bands like Midnite and Sadao Watanabe. He released two solo albums that blend Senegalese musical traditions with Jazz, Reggae, Afrobeat, and Blues, and writes music for films. His work as a visual artist creates moments of synthesis between seemingly disparate bodies of knowledge and cultural traditions, through the media of painting and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Dakar and New York.