Abi Salami is a Nigerian-American visual artist based out of Dallas, Texas. Salami’s family moved to the United States from Nigeria when she was 10 and although she was proud of her heritage while she lived in Nigeria, the constant teasing of her hair, clothes and accent pressured her into abandoning her roots and assimilating into Western norms. It would take years for Salami to start to embrace her African heritage and her latest pieces embody the struggle that she feels within. “At first, I wanted to portray a proud and beautiful Africa, but a tiny voice inside me kept reminding me the pain and suffering that is still going on there – the part of Africa I want to hide from the world. I finally had to accept, that it is possible for something I love to be flawed, but still beautiful and worthy of being celebrated through Art.”
Salami spends a great deal of time hunting down and selecting the clippings that she uses in her pieces. Some of these images are from magazines that date back to the 1950’s. “There’s something beautiful to me about taking an image that has been basically forgotten and giving it a second chance at life in my work”
A self-taught artist, Salami graduated with a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in public accounting and real estate for almost a decade before deciding to follow her passion for art as a full-time career.
MEET THE ARTIST
Artist's Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM