Born in Dakar in 1969, Soly Cissé is a multidisciplinary visual artist, particularly interested in painting and sculpture. In 1996, he graduated with honors from the Fine Arts School of Dakar, where he specialized in design.
If his iron sculptures, resembling mythological beasts with outlandish dimensions, seem to have come out of the Middle Ages, a world filled with fantasy and mysticism, his paintings, on the other hand, come from a dream world of hybrid beings with unknown forms, and landscapes originating from his imaginary world. Codified writing and numerals allow him to take on multiple themes in relation to humanity and the world.
Quickly he was able to show his work outside Senegalese borders. In 1998, he was selected for the Dakar and Sao Paolo Biennials and, in 2000, for the Havana Biennial in Cuba. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions in Africa and Europe, his work has been shown in major international museums. His work has also been included in the traveling exhibition Africa Remix.
Soly Cissé, Senegal,
The Future, 2015,
Acrylique et collage sur toile,
120 x 120 cm,