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Mohamed Abdella Otaybi

Sudanese 1948- 

Mohamed Abdella Otaybi is an influential figure in the Sudanese artistic movement. Otaybi graduated from the Khartoum College of Fine and Applied Arts, having begun working as an artist during a dynamic period of the 1970s. He was immersed in debates about cultural heritage and visual identity, which have stayed important topics for him. His amalgamation of Africanism, Islam, Arabism and Sudanese identity is seen throughout his paintings. His painterly language has evolved over the years, using architectural structures, decorative motifs and calligraphic forms to echo the questions around cultural heritage that he finds so important. A gentle activist, his work has a romantic hue of Sudanese life, nature, music and heritage. Layering colours to create depth and vibration add to the mythological and dreamlike quality of his paintings, which reference a cultural past.

Otaybi has held many solo exhibitions in Khartoum, from 1970 to the present, and has shown in international group exhibitions including the Sharjah Biennial, UAE, 1993; Modernism in Sudanese Art, British Museum, London, UK, 2004; Sudan: Emergence of Singularities, P21 Gallery, London, UK, 2017; and a solo exhibition, The Lost Paradise at Circle Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya, 2022. His work features in private and public collections including the National Museum in Sharjah, UAE. In December 2018 Otaybi was the focus of the article ‘Masters we Need to Master’ in Collector Magazine published by Art Africa.

Biography courtesy of Circle Art Gallery.

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28 Feb 2023

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