Sudan - Ibrahim el-Salahi
The seeds of Ibrahim el-Salahi’s career as an artist were planted when he was a schoolboy, practicing Arabic calligraphy in his father’s Qur’anic school. After studying art in Sudan, scholarships to study in the United States broadened his artistic horizons. He began incorporating modernist expression with elements from his Islamic culture. Back in Sudan, he served as a diplomat and Undersecretary of Culture until 1975, when he was imprisoned for six months without charge. Salahi received a Prince Claus Award in 2001. Considered a pioneer in Sudanese art, in 2013, Salahi was the first African artist to have a retrospective at the Tate Modern in London.