. . . . . . Soly Cissé A major artist born in 1969, Soly Cissé graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Dakar. Present in all major fairs and exhibitions of contemporary art for 15 years, including “Africa Remix” in Beaubourg and London), he is a key player in contemporary art from Africa. The African continent, after having influenced modern art, has lived for a century in a constant, fertile and dynamic round trip, between its cultures, its roots and contemporary Western creations. Soly Cissé is a major artist, who, in his collages and the paintings presented in these two exhibitions, stages characters tortured by doubt. Reflection of the artist’s recent personal thoughts and accidents. This is an important stage in his work, between assessment and renewal. Collages, paintings, installations, video, sculptures, Soly Cissé is an artist with a multifaceted work … We find, as a guiding principle, these hybrid beings, these animals, these spirits, pictograms, graffiti, senoufos silhouettes. Forms emerge, caught in the movement of the color in fusion, at the edge of the figuration. Unfinished creatures, characters belonging to a non-located stage (anterior, posterior?) Of humanity. Children, animals, all are seized frontally, their faces half sketched. He paints, sculpts, shapes kraft, clay, he works the fabrics in graphic series, recycles wood. Soly Cissé explores risky, new paths. He is full of healthy anger, confident enough of his influences not to mention them. Listening to the urban world, he is one of those who can calmly depart from the “African” goal, without regret or repentance, since Africa today is in him, as a factor of modernity. The line, decided by Cisse, nervous, agile, picks up the charcoal where its distant ancestors had left it. Fast, it captures being by default, figures are born out of form without abruptly. Just a nod to fate. Soly Cissé’s work is remarkable for its singular, spontaneous spelling. In his collages exhibited at the Ellia Gallery, disturbing or protective spirits and figures do not reveal the deities of a culture, but a phantasmagoria. He has a strong will to provoke a fertile and dynamic tension. The more we enter its microcosm populated by spirits and monsters, the more the great confrontations between intense blues and strident yellows become more pronounced. It is in the slow and patient discovery of her plastic language that harmony is gradually restored, adjusting its balance. A few years ago, the critic Philippe Dagen wrote (Le Monde): “There is without hesitation a major artist, who gets straight to the point.” INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS 1997: French Cultural Center, Dakar, Senegal Galerie ATISS, Dakar, Senegal 1999: Exhibition Rautenstrauch Museum – Joest, Cologne, Germany Galerie ATISS, Dakar, Senegal 2001: Galerie ATISS, Dakar, Senegal 2002: Galerie MAM, Douala, Cameroon Artefact Gallery, Piont E, Dakar, Senegal 2003: Galerie ATISS, Dakar, Senegal 2004: Galerie ATISS, Dakar, Senegal Exhibition, LUIGGI PECCI Museum, Prato, Italy Exhibition, Museum of Arts and Histories of St Brieuc, Brittany, France 2005: Exhibition, City Hall of Asti – Italy Exhibition, ATISS, Dakar – Senegal 2006: Exhibition Galerie Atépériférica C.C, de Bélém, Lisbon, Portugal Espace Senghor Exhibition, Verson, Senegal 2007: Museum of Latest Arts, Paris, France 2008: La Trace Gallery, Paris, France Soly Cissé, Retrospective, Dakar Museum, Senegal 2009: Solycolor, Museum of Latest Arts, Paris, France 2010: “Mondes Perdus”, Influx Contemporary Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal 2011: “Bestiary”, Influx Contemporary Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal 2012: “Mondes Perdus”, M.I.A. Gallery, Seattle, USA Galerie Le Douze, Nantes, France 2013: “Summer heat”, Tornabuoni Art Gallery, Paris, France Tuiliers Gallery, Lyon, France 2014: “Universe / Univers”, City Hall, Dakar, Senegal “Dreams”, M.I.A. Gallery, Seattle, USA Volta Art Fair, Solo Show, M.I.A. Gallery, New York, USA 2015: Galerie des Tuiliers, Brussels, Belgium GROUP EXHIBITIONS 1997: Painting exhibition at the games of the Francophonie of Madagascar (Represents Senegal, Antananarivo, Madagascar 1998: Atiss Galerie Exhibition, during the Dak’art 98 Biennial, Dakar, Senegal – Workshop Workshop and Photography Exhibition at the French Cultural Center in Dakar, titled “Ouaga – Garages”, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Sao Paulo Biennial «Roteiros, Roteiros, Roteiros, Sao Paulo, Brasil Exhibition at Agence Mc Cann – Erickson, Paris, France Tanzhaus nrw die werkstatts, Dûsseldorf Roteiros, Germany Exhibition at Olorun Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Expo Atiss Dakar, Senegal 2000: Dak’art Biennale, cathedral crypt, Dakar, Senegal Guarene ARTE 2000, Fondazione Re Rabaudengo, Italy Havana Biennale, Cub Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.