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Biography of Soly CISSé

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Soly CISSé
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Soly Cissé (b in 1969) is a Senegalese artist.

Born in 1969 in Dakar Senegal.
The theme of Cissé’s paintings is repeatedly the duality between tradition and modernity for example he uses arrows to separate Good from Evil, in vertical and horizontal lines to picture life and death and also to contrast colours. They show an extreme fury of the individual towards a world left to its own devises.
Cissé shows the individual, which has dropped his ethnic identity and is now entangled in his self made restrictions. This impersonality reflects also in the
play with silhouettes, profiles and shades, all of which have their roots in the aesthetic tradition of Africa. However, in his pictures these plays have lost their original meaning. The pictures show the isolated human, left alone as a shadow of his true being.

Soly Cissé sees the growing danger of self-destruction by increasing dissolution of moral thresholds, but he does not intent to advise. Cissé sees himself as a person of his epoch who tries to reach people`s conscience to show the grief and the misery of the society. His aim is to train people`s understanding what he lives for, what he suffers and not least, to remind him of his freedom which has to be defended with all might.
Lines guide me when I paint -A request to the spectator don`t only explore the spacing in between.

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Last update : 07/14/2015

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