Cissé, Soly
Born 1969 in Dakar, Senegal
Lives and works in Dakar, Senegal
Soly Cissé’s practice is profoundly concerned with the human condition. Working across painting and sculpture, he explores the relationship between humans and nature, tradition and modernity and the spiritual and secular. Cissé’s works often depict conflict and man’s ability to transcend challenging socio-political, economic and spiritual conditions, and much of his recent work has moved towards notions of healing and repair. Utilising expressive and spontaneous lines, form and colour, his compositions are imbued with a visceral dynamism and energy. Cissé graduated from Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Dakar in 1996. Selected exhibitions include Lumières d’Afriques, African Artists for Development, Palais de Chaillot, Paris (2015); Lost World, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Seattle (2012) and Solycolor, Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (2009).
Soly Cissé, Le Fugitif, 2017, Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas, 150 x 150 x 5 cm. Courtesy Sulger-Buel Gallery