Abushariaa Ahmed is a 1990 graduate from Sudan University’s College of Fine and Applied Arts. He left Sudan in the mid-90s and spent some years in Kenya. He later lived for a short period in Cologne, Germany, before settling in Kampala, Uganda, in 2000, where he still lives and works as a full-time artist. Ahmed’s style is influenced by the pioneers of Sudan’s contemporary art scene, including Ibrahim el Salahi and Rashid Diab. In the 1960s their Khartoum School was recognised as an emergent modernist movement, known for its Sudanawiyya style – a synthesis of Western influences and other traditions that captures Sudan’s diversity. Abushariaa has exhibited extensively in East Africa and in Canada, the US, Germany, Denmark, Monaco and the UK. His artwork is held in many private and public collections all over the world; in the African Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea, and in the collection of the World Bank in Washington DC, the USA amongst others.
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