Salah Elmur: Sudanese, b. 1966

Salah Elmur graduated in Graphic Design from the College of Fine and Applied Art, Sudan University, Khartoum.

Renowned as a painter of narratives, he has participated in group and solo exhibitions all over East Africa, the Middle East and Europe since 1985. He has published 12 children’s books which have been translated into many languages and is a successful film maker, directing six short documentaries and fantasy films which have been shown at international film festivals. In February 2018, the Sharjah Art Museum in the UAE held a retrospective of Elmur’s work over the past three decades. The title of the exhibition was Fragrances of the Forest and Photos.

Elmur’s work is inspired by the studio photographs in Khartoum in the 60s and 70s. His paintings are of stylized families portraits sometimes with symbols and animals that give us clues about the family, their relationships and their work.