I was born in Mogadishu in Somalia. In 1991 war broke out I was in school and was 9 years old. We fled and I came here in 2002. I was disadvantaged because of my immigration status, I couldn't study or work so I started drinking heavily until I ended up in prison after prison. Coming to prison opened my eyes and started my beloved subject art. I read Old Master's Monet, Picasso, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Pissarro and so but I usually love painting my own style Cubist which is inspired by Picasso and changing my own style. Art to me is more than a hobby because I started at a very young age - 6, 7, 8 years old. But I used to speak to older artists for help. They used to help or sometimes laugh at me because I was too young for art.



mike hughes

Hi Abdulla.

Is there any way I could see more of your work?!

It is great!


Max Frances

Your work is really striking.


neil thomas

hi neil Thomas here. yr work is fantastic.. mother and child its breath taking my work a bit different but my drawings are simmla.. keep up the good work because its great..


Al Daffern

Hi, I like your cubist work. I'm an ex drinker too. Best wished



Malcolm Darling

excellent use of line and form

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