Hassan Musa was born in El-Nuhud, Sudan, in 1951. After studying at the Fine Arts School in Khartoum, from 1970 to 1974, he worked as a decorator for television, then as an editor for the Khartoum University Press publishing house, before settling down in France, in 1978. He taught Arabic, then visual arts, while creating several illustrated books for children. He received his PhD in Art History at the University of Montpellier, in 1989.
Aware of the omnipresence of imagery in our society and the violence that can accompany it, Hassan Musa attempts to divert it’s meaning, in order to exploit its violence as a means of defense. His paintings and ink works, on gathered printed fabric, are the hybrid result of a re-appropriation of the iconography of the history of Western art, while also borrowing from Arabic calligraphy and Chinese watercolor.
His work has been shown around the world in numerous major institutions such as the Venice Biennial, the Fondation Blachère, the Museum African Art in New York, in 2004, and the Pompidou Center, during the Africa Remix exhibit from 2004-2007.
He has also exhibited his work at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2015. In addition, he participated in the Triennale de la Tapisserie de Tournai, in Belgium, in 2011, and the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates, in 2012.
Flower Power, 2015, Ink on fabrics, 120 x 120 cm,