Soly Cissé, Grande Retrouvaille. 2017, Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas
D: 150 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sulger-Buel Lovell
Soly Cissé, Grande Retrouvaille. 2017, Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas D: 150 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sulger-Buel Lovell  

Working across painting and sculpture, Soly Cissé is primarily concerned with the human condition. His work delves into the psychic connection between humans and nature, people and religion, and the defining characteristics of our humanity. Growing up during an epoch of transition, which followed Senegal’s period of social and political unrest, Cissé understands the ways that art serves as a mode of social activism. Cissé’s spontaneous painterly movements, textured accents and neo-expressionistic techniques are often loaded with autobiographical content.

His recent work has moved towards notions of healing and repair as a way of recuperating in the face of political, economic and social perturbations. 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).