El Hadji Sy, by his full name El Hadji Moussa Babacar Sy -, born September 9, 1954 in Dakar, is a contemporary Senegalese painter. He is attached to the second generation from the “Dakar School” 1, but he preferred - literally - to “kick” this legacy by starting by painting with his feet and giving his place back.
to the body in painting 1. With Issa Samb, he is the co-founder of the “Agit Art” 2 movement. and he is at the origin of the Village des Arts de Dakar. In the mid-1980s, he experimented with new materials, using rough hessian sacks of rice, the porous texture of which he appreciated and on which he sometimes applied black tar and candle wax1. He also stands out for the size of his compositions.