About the artist

Born in Sudan in 1930, Ibrahim El-Salahi is one of the most important living African artists and a key figure in the development of African Modernism. 

El-Salahi grew up in Omdurman, Sudan and studied at the Slade School in London. On his return to Sudan in 1957, he established a new visual vocabulary, which arose from his own pioneering integration of Sudanese, Islamic, African, Arab and Western artistic traditions. 

In 2013, Ibrahim El-Salahi became the first African artist to be given a full retrospective at Tate Modern. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Art Institute of Chicago; The National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC; The British Museum, London; Tate Modern, London; The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, UAE; The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; Newark Museum, Newark; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; The National Gallery, Berlin and many others.

selected works

Flamenco Dancers
2012
Mosque
1964
Fatima
1968
They Always Appear
1964
Untitled
1960-1961
They Always Appear
1961
The Inevitable
1984-1985
Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams III
2015
The Tree
2003
The Tree
2003
The Tree
2003
Oxford Tree
2001
The Tree
2001
In the Present II
1994
The Opening of Khartoum
1989
Head II
1957
Alphabet No.4
1992
The Tree
2000
Meditation Tree
2008
Meditation Tree
2018

forthcoming exhibitions

21 October 2019 – 21 December 2020

Ibrahim El-Salahi

War Within, War Without

MoMA Collection 1940s–1970s

7 October 2022 – 8 January 2023 (dates TBC)

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Transcontinental Modernism: Jacob Lawrence & The Artists of Black Orpheus

past exhibitions

7 June – 11 August 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Pain Relief

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY
19 September – 10 November 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

By His Will We Teach Birds How To Fly Ibrahim El-Salahi in Black and White

Curated by Salah Hassan and Toby Clarke

Vigo Gallery
9 April – 21 June 2020

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Home Is a Foreign Place

22 June – 28 June 2020

Stephen ChambersIbrahim El-SalahiBram Bogart

MASTERPIECE | ONLINE VIEWING ROOM
1 February – 14 March 2020

Ibrahim El-Salahi

New Images of Man

Curated by Alison M. Gingeras

4 October 2019 – 19 January 2020

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Into the Night

Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art

3 October – 6 October 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Seed Drawings - Pain Relief

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair
3 October – 6 October 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Silkscreen paintings - Pain Relief

Saatchi Gallery | Salon
4 May – 22 September 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

KUBATANA: An Exhibition with Contemporary African artists

Curated by Kristin Hjellegjerde

Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium
20 February – 24 February 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

4 October – 7 October 2018

Leonardo DrewIbrahim El-SalahiHassan HajjajChris OfiliZak Ové

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Somerset House, London
3 October – 7 October 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Meditation Tree

28 September – 25 November 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Forests and Spirits: Figurative art from the Khartoum School

Salon | Saatchi Gallery
30 June – 21 October 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

African-Atlantic Histories

27 June – 4 July 2018

Daniel Crews-ChubbIbrahim El-SalahiMarcus HarveyBram Bogart

Masterpiece London

3 May – 6 May 2018

Derrick AdamsLeonardo DrewIbrahim El-Salahi

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Pioneer Works
18 April – 2 September 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

A Sudanese Artist in Oxford

23 November 2017 – 1 March 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

By His Will We Teach Birds How to Fly

Ibrahim El-Salahi in Black and White

6 October – 17 November 2017

Ibrahim El-Salahi

5 May – 7 May 2017

Derrick AdamsIbrahim El-SalahiZak Ové

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair New York
3 February 2017 – 3 August 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

'Protest' at Moma

MOMA Collection

1 December – 4 December 2016

Art Basel Miami

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Art Basel Miami
19 November 2016 – 14 January 2017

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Khartoum School

The Making of the Modern Art Movement in Sudan (1945 - present)

6 October – 9 October 2016

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London

Ibrahim El-SalahiZak Ové

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London
3 March – 6 March 2016

Ibrahim El-Salahi

1 March – 30 April 2016

Alhambra

15 October – 18 October 2015

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair

Ibrahim El-SalahiHassan HajjajZak Ové

29 May – 31 July 2015

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Flamenco

Vigo Gallery
28 April – 31 May 2015

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Haraza

4 July – 4 September 2014

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Tree

Vigo Gallery

selected press/news

27 September 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Artist Ibrahim El-Salahi: ‘When I work, I don’t feel pain at all’
 
Seed Drawings - Pain Relief
3 – 6 October 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

‘A real hit parade of work from almost every country in the Arab world’

 
29 October 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Dissecting a gallery in a remade MoMA
 
23 October 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

MoMA Remixed: The Artists Coming to the Fore in the New Look Gallery
 
3 October 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The New MoMA Is Here. Get Ready for Change.
 
16 October 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Budge up, great white males! MoMA goes global with an explosive $450m rehang
 
24 March 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

A slice of life in a Sudanese prison
On the recently issued reproduction of Ibrahim El-Salahi’s Prison Notebook
 
10 March 2019

Ibrahim El-Salahi

MoMA, the New Edition: From Monumental to Experimental
 
26 November 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The 100 Greatest Artworks of All Time

Culture | Art
 

Ibrahim El-Salahi

SUITED Magazine: Bridging the Divide

 

Ibrahim El-Salahi finds the Commonality in Human Experiance, Laying it Bare in Black and White.

 

By Marianna Nannarone

 

 

 
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3 July 2013

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Ibrahim el-Salahi: from Sudanese prison to Tate Modern show
 
8 May 2018

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The calligraphic lines of Ibrahim El-Salahi
 
A Sudanese Artist in Oxford
18 April – 2 September 2018
16 August 2017

Ibrahim El-Salahi

What’s the best work of art you saw this summer?
18 well-traveled experts weigh in
 

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Sudanese artist’s haunting images of prison come to MoMA
 

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Witness: The World Festival of Black Arts
 

Ibrahim El-Salahi

The Museum of Modern Art is showing how artists can respond confidently to Trump
Washington Post
 

Ibrahim El-Salahi

at MoMA

MoMA Protests Trump Entry Ban by Rehanging Work by Artists from Muslim Nations
New York TImes
 

video

Ibrahim El-Salahi

TateShots | The Inevitable

Ibrahim El-Salahi

TATE | Ibrahim El-Salahi Studio Visit | TateShots

Ibrahim El-Salahi

TATE | Ibrahim El-Salahi in conversation with Salah Hassan

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Modern Forms: Ibrahim El-Salahi interviewed by Nick Hackworth

Ibrahim El-Salahi

BBC Radio 4: An Alternative History of Art

Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, continues the BBC Radio series exploring overlooked artists from the 20th century. Art history has been written from a white, Western, male perspective. What would an alternative canon look like?

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Ashmolean: The Tree series

Ibrahim El-Salahi

'Mosque' 1964 @ Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mosque, 1964 on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2017

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Prince Clause Fund Gallery | Ibrahim El-Salahi

Ibrahim El-Salahi

Modern Forms: Ibrahim El-Salahi interviewed by Nick Hackworth

Flamenco Dancers

2012Oil on canvas210.3 x 252 x 5 cm / 82 3/4 x 99 1/4 x 2 in

Mosque

1964Oil on canvas30.7  x 46 cm / 12 1/8 x 18 1/8 in
Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Fatima

1968 Oil on canvas 60.5  x 60.5 cm / 23 7/8 x 23 7/8 in

They Always Appear

1964Oil on Canvas 46 x 61 cm / 18 1/8 x 24 in

Untitled

1960-1961Oil on plywood 61 x 54 cm / 24 x 21 1/4 in

They Always Appear

1961Oil on canvas 61 x 92 cm / 24 x 36 1/4 in

The Inevitable

1984-1985Indian Ink on Bristol board532.1  x 603.9  cm / 209 1/2 x 237 3/4 in
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art (Ithaca, USA)

Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams III

2015Pen and ink 154 x 122 cm / 60 5/8 x 48 in

The Tree

2003Coloured inks on Bristol board76.5 x 76.5 cm / 30 1/8 x 30 1/8 in

The Tree

2003Coloured inks on Bristol board76.5 x 76.5 cm / 30 1/8 x 30 1/8 in

The Tree

2003Coloured ink on watercolour paper 101 x 101 cm / 39 3/4 x 39 3/4 in

Oxford Tree

2001Coloured ink on watercolour paper 34 x 34 cm / 13 3/8 x 13 3/8 in

The Tree

2001Coloured ink on watercolour paper76 x 76 cm / 29 7/8 x 29 7/8 in

In the Present II

1994Pen and Ink on Bristol board 111.8  x 228.6 cm / 44 x 90 in

The Opening of Khartoum

198964.5 x 136.5 cm / 25 3/8 x 53 3/4 in

Head II

1957Oil on wood panel45.5 x 30.3 cm / 17 7/8 x 11 7/8 in

Alphabet No.4

1992 Pen and Ink on bristol board 42 x 77 cm / 16 1/2 x 30 3/8 in

The Tree

2000India ink and coloured ink on Bristol board21 x 21  cm / 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in

Meditation Tree

2008Indian ink/paper 36.8 x 111.8 cm cm / 14 1/2 x 44 in

Meditation Tree

2018Polished aluminium 68 x 65 x 46 cm / 26 3/4 x 25 5/8 x 18 1/8 in