Born in 1987 in Thiès (Senegal) Baba Ly grew up in Dakar. He was immersed in art from a very young age since his father, the painter Amadou Dédé Ly, also applied himself to supporting him as best he could.
His paintings are all vibrant with emotions, the one he shares with the Talibés, these young boys who have been entrusted to a school so that they learn the Koran and know humility by begging. Baba himself had been confronted with the hard life of these children left to themselves, because he lived in the Daara of his grandfather during his childhood in Thiès. Thus the Talibés inspire him and he likes to paint them because for him, through his works, he supports them in his own way.
Painting is for him the frozen reflection of reality. of daily life and is much more than a job. It's a passion. The assortment of colors and the tonality he gives them are the very essence of his painting. He opted for earth colors with shades of brown, beige, gold, ocher with a luminosity that gives life to his works. In his compositions, he incorporates aesthetic considerations. We rarely see the faces of his characters.
He exhibits his works in Senegal, France, Istanbul and the United States.