Simone Guirandou N’Diaye
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 1994: 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, art craftspeople and art lovers of the five continents, Simone Guirandou-N’Diaye offers a new showcase for cultural and artistic promotion with her LouiSimone Guirandou Gallery.