Overview

Capturing the character is everything. It is always the personality that I aim to express by exploring the individual’s features and bringing them to life. That’s the reason I paint; to feel connected to family members from afar, and to bring a sense of belonging and support to within.

 

— Soimadou Ibrahim

Soimadou Ibrahim (French, b. 1989) explores and re-examines family memories by representing cherished moments of his life.

 

Growing up in Comoros until 10 years old influenced his perspective on socio-economics, the strength of community and the complexities of race. Throughout his adolescent life Ibrahim lived in a small town in Brittany so it is not only his personal experiences but also those of the African diaspora that provide himwith a narrative to share and explore how to navigate the environment in which you find yourself.

 

His artworks are adapted from archival photographs, pictures taken by the artist himself, memories, and imagination. They each portray the importance of relationships, of life itself and the beauty of nature, illustrated by straight lines, bold gestural strokes and bright colours inspired by his studies in graphicdesign and art. They also reaffirm the persistence and timelessness of memories, encouraging each of us to preserve our own.

Biography

Born in France in 1989

Lives and works in London, UK

 

Education

 

2016

MA, Graphic Design & Art Direction, Campus Fonderie de l’Image, Paris

2015

MA, Graphic Design & Digital Art, Rennes-II University, Rennes

2014 BA, Communication Arts, Rennes-II University, Rennes

 

Solo Exhibitions

 

2021

Bill Brady Gallery, 'Distant Relatives', Los Angeles, USA

  ATM Gallery, 'My Thoughts Tell Me Tales', New York, USA

 

Group Exhibitions

 

2020

JD Malat Gallery, 'Isolation Mastered', London, UK

Works
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