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’s recent exhibitions include Les Mutants, Musée Dapper, Paris; Lumières d’Afriques, African Artists for Development, Palais de Chaillot, Paris (2015); and Solycolor, Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (2009). His work also featured in the seminal exhibition Africa Remix (2004-2007), Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art African Contemporain, Dakar (2006), the Havana Biennial (2000) and São Paulo Biennial (1998).