Baba Ly was born in 1987 in Thiès (Senegal) and grew up in Dakar. He was surrounded by art from an early age, since his father, the painter Amadou Ly Dede, supported him. His paintings are all vibrant with emotion, the kind of emotion he shares with Talibes, these young boys whose parents had entrusted to a school so that they learn the Coran and know humility by begging. Baba himself had faced the harsh life of these children left to themselves, because he lived in the Daara of his grandfather as a child in Thiès. Thus, Talibes inspire him and he likes painting them because, for him, he supports them through his work.
Painting is for him the reflection of the everyday life reality and it is more than just a profession. It’s a passion. The different colors and tones that he gives to them are the essence of his painting. He opted for earthy colors with brown and beige tones, golden ocher with a light that gives life to his works. In his compositions, he incorporates aesthetic considerations. You rarely see the faces of his characters.
Baba is a hard worker and he has been gradually rewarded.
He exhibits his works in Sénégal and in the United States.