Cissé was born in 1969 in Dakar, Senegal. He lives and
works in Dakar.
1995 Soly Cissé did an workshop in photography which
was followed by an exhibition at the Centre Culturel Français
in Dakar, organized by Kodak. Cissé graduated in 1996
from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Dakar.
theme of Cissé 's paintings is repeatedly the duality
between tradition and modernity. As an example, he uses arrows
to separate Good from Evil, in vertical and horizontal lines
to picture life and death and also to contrast colors. They
show an extreme fury of the individuum towards a world
left to its own.
Cissé shows the individuum which has dropped his
ethnic identity and is now entangled in his self made restrictions.This
impersonality reflects also in the play with silhouetts, profiles
and shades, all of which have their roots in the aesthetic tradition
in his pictures these plays have lost their original meaning.
The pictures show the isolated human, left alone to himself
as a shadow of his true being.
Cissé sees the growing danger of self-destruction by
increasing dissolution of moral thresholds, but he does not
intent to advise. He sees himself as a person of his epoch who
tries to reach people's consciences to show the grief and the
misery of the society. His aim is to train people's understanding
of what he lives for, what he suffers. Freedom has to be defended
with all might.