Founded in 1996 by Aissa Dione, Galerie Atiss Dakar opened with a first exhibition of the well renowned Senegalese artist Soly Cissé. In the proceeding years the Gallery has gained a reputation for spotting and incubating raw artistic talent from West Africa, often presenting such artists for the first time to an international audience.

This includes names such as Serigne Mbaye Camara, Camara Gueye and artists from further afield in West Africa such as Jems Robert Koko Bi, Sokey Edorh and others who have gone on to achieve international acclaim. 

As part of its commitment to revitalising the professional gallery sector in West Africa, the gallery maintains a long-term collaboration with MAM Galerie of Cameroon; and in 2006 the gallery embarked on an adventure with Galerie CHAB of Mali, traveling through West Africa to mount exhibitions under the title of Galeries Plastiques Itinérantes, presenting the work of now established names.  

In the following years the gallery presented the talents of Siaka Soppo Traore, Sadikou Oukpedjo and more recently Patrick Joel Tatcheda Yonkeu, Oumar Ball, Ngimbi Bakambana, Hyacinthe Ouattara, and Aliou Diack. 

Its exhibitions contribute to the promotion of artists from Africa, indeed the gallery has become a well-known OFF space during the Biennale of Art in Dakar, Senegal.  The gallery has made a presentation during every Dak’Art Biennial since inception.

The gallery has had the privilege of working with some exceptional artistic talent from Africa and further afield, including:

Soly Cisse • SerigneMbaye Camara • Camara Gueye • Etiye Dimma Pulsen, Joel Mpah Dooh • MamadiSeydi • JemsRobert KoKoBi • Jean Marie Bruce •
ModouDieng • Blaise Patrix• Sadikou Oukpedjo• Sokey Edorh• Fally Sene Sow • Amahiguéré Dolo • Suzanne Ouedraogo• Edwige Aplogan• Fatou
Kandé Senghor • Judith Quax • Felicite Kodjo• Diagne Chanel • Francois Xavier Gbré • Omar Victor Diop • Siaka Soppo Traoré • Mame Diarra Niang •
Valérie Oka • Sidy Diallo • Afi Nayo• HarandaneDicko • Salifou Lindou • Hervé Yanguem • Johanna Choumali • Toure Mandemory• Aliou Diack•
Temitayo Ogunbiyi• Antoine Tempe • Patrick Joel Tatcheda