Baba Ly was born in 1987 in Thiès (Sénégal) and he grew up in Dakar. He was surrounded by art from an early age, since his father, painter Amadou Ly Dede supports him. His paintings are all vibrant with emotion, one 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 lives of these children left to themselves, because he lived in the Daara of his grandfather as a child in Thiès. Thus, Talibes inspire and he likes painting them because for him, through his work, he supports them.
Painting is for him the reflection of the reality of everyday life, and it is more than a profession. It's a passion. The different colors and tone that he gives to them are the essence of his painting. He opted for earthy colors with brown tones, beige, 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 Senegal, France, Turkey and in the United States.