Soly Cissé

b.1969

Soly Cissé is a mixed media painter and sculptor from Dakar, and 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 people. 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. Forbes has listed Cissé as amongst the top 100 contemporary African Artists, based on monetary value alone.

Soly Cissé

Selected Works

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Latest Insights

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017 Virtual Tour

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017 Virtual Tour

Soly Cissé, Mohamed Lekleti, Jenna Burchell
News
06 Oct 2017

Not able to make it to London for 1:54? Explore the fair through a virtual tour from anywhere in the world!

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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 about Soly Cissé

Documentary video about Soly Cissé

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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'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Soly Cissé, Slimen El Kamel, Georgina Maxim, Christine Dixie, Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto, Catherine Ocholla
London
02 Oct 2017 - 18 Nov 2017

Do we, as Africans, ‘understand the world too much’? 

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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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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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Also Known As Africa Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

Also Known As Africa Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

Soly Cissé, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Slimen El Kamel, Georgina Maxim
Publication
07 Nov 2017

10 - 12 November 2017 Carreau du Temple, Paris. Please join us at Booth C8 during the AKAA Contemporary Art & Design Fair 2017

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'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

'Trop Comprendre' curated by Andrew Lamprecht

Soly Cissé, Slimen El Kamel, Georgina Maxim, Christine Dixie, Vivien Kohler, Nú Barreto, Catherine Ocholla
Publication
06 Oct 2017

Do we, as Africans, ‘understand the world too much’? 

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1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London 2017

Soly Cissé, Mohamed Lekleti, Jenna Burchell
Publication
04 Oct 2017

04-08 October 2017 Please join us at Booth G27, in the South Wing of Somerset House, London

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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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