My work mainly consists of portrait paintings that deal with issues of displacement, cultural contrasts and questions involving the exotic as well as explores the gaze and the transference of power between the spectator and the object. Using traditional African mark making combined with a contemporary and vivid colour palette, I create work that represents the bicultural world of where my soul resides. There are strong elements of Africa within my work yet my paintings are far from 'traditional' African art.
I was born in 1981 in Dar es Salaam to a Tanzanian muslim mother and a British agnostic father. I studied at Loughborough and Goldsmiths Universities as well as at the Kent Institute of Art & Design, where I finally graduated with a BA in Fine Art. Since then I have painted predominantly portraits in oils and acrylics and exhibited in group exhibitions in the UK as well as in solo exhibitions in East Africa and Greece. Having lived almost entirely in Tanzania, I recently decided to move to Wiltshire in the UK where I now reside happily working in the creative arts.
Visit my studio at Tithebarn Workshops 8, Pound Lane, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LF.