Soly Cissé

b.1969

Soly Cissé a mixed media painter and sculptor from Dakar, is one of Senegal’s most celebrated artists. 

Cissé’s artworks are profoundly inspired by and contextualized through his upbringing. He grew up during an epoch of transition, following Senegal’s period of social and political unrest, where art served as mode of social activism and self-expression for the disenfranchised persons. His work, like a portal where the imagined and physical realms convene, intuitively explores notions of duality and repetition; tradition and modernity, the spiritual and the secular.

“I think and reflect a lot about humans and their relationships. Relationships between humans, the confrontation between humans and nature, humans and religion and then I challenge myself and experiment.”

Cissé’s spontaneous painterly movements, textured accents and neo-expressionistic techniques form depictions reflective of the dissolution of societies moral thresholds, shifts attributable to globalization and modernization. Shapeless human characters distort into anthropomorphic shadows of the other self; identities lost in translation from the past to the contemporary, and abstract lines and bold strokes of contrasting hues intersect, creating a layered configuration of Cissé’s mythical visions.

Soly graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Dakar, 1996. He has had numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums in Europe, the Americas and throughout Africa. He has exhibited at biennales in Sao Paulo, Havana and the Dak’art biennale regularly since 2000. He was featured in the highly acclaimed traveling exhibition, Africa Remix curated by Simon Njami, and his works are housed in prestigious museums, public and private collections worldwide. He is listed by Forbes amonth the top 100 contemporary African Artists by value.

Soly Cissé

Selected Works

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Latest Insights

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Les Mutants

Les Mutants

Soly Cissé
Interviews
28 Apr 2017

JT Afrique interviews Soly Cisse at his Solo exhibition at the Musée Dapper in Paris.

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Les Mutants

Les Mutants

Soly Cissé
News
22 Mar 2017

MUSÉE DAPPER in Paris hosts a solo exhibition by Soly Cisse.

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Documentary video in Dakar

Documentary video in Dakar

Soly Cissé
Studio Videos
03 Feb 2017

Soly Cissé Produced by: www.urbanafricans.com - Rosalie van Deursen & Aldine Reinink

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Exhibitions

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"Support Support"

"Support Support"

Soly Cissé
London
19 Jan 2017 - 25 Mar 2017

Soly Cissé's second solo exhibition at Sulger-Buel Lovell in London  

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1:54 Contemporary African Artfair London 2016

1:54 Contemporary African Artfair London 2016

Pélagie Gbaguidi, Soly Cissé
London
06 Oct 2016 - 09 Oct 2016

6 to 9 October 2016 Somerset House, London

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Le Trait

Le Trait

Soly Cissé
London
12 Jan 2016 - 01 Apr 2016

Soly Cisse's first solo exhibition focused entirely on collage works. Sulger-Buel Lovell London, and the Africa Centre, London

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Publications

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Documentary video about Soly Cissé

Documentary video about Soly Cissé

Soly Cissé
Publication
03 Feb 2017

Soly Cissé Produced by: www.urbanafricans.com - Rosalie van Deursen & Aldine Reinink

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Le Trait - Soly Cissé

Le Trait - Soly Cissé

Soly Cissé
Publication
22 Jan 2016

Le Trait; Soly Cisse’s first solo exhibition in London of his collage paintings. Catalogue nr.9

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