The Art of Addiction and Impossible Healing
Artist Bakheit Ibra Debuts at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
Exhibit: April 1-29
Blair-Caldwell Library, Level 3 Cousins Gallery
Free and open to the public
Saturday, April 12, 12-1 p.m.
Artist Bakheit Ibra will be on hand to discuss his artistic journey and inspiration for his work.
Bakheit Ibra knew early in life he had talent and describes it as “God given.” Bakheit grew
up in Omdurman, a district of the capitol Khartoum, Sudan where as a child he was always
drawing pictures. He worked briefly for a newspaper as a comic book illustrator. He
attended Beirut University in Alexandria, Egypt and earned a BA in Business. His passion
for art and drawing was put on the back burner while he was in college. In 1988, Bakheit
arrived in the United States and spent the majority of his time driving a taxicab in New
York, which left hardly any time for him to engage in his art. A move to Denver, Colorado
in 1999 ignited Bakheit’s passion for art again in such a strong way that it could not be
ignored. In 2000 he began painting and to-date has created 50 distinctive works of art.
Bakheit is a self-taught artist who did not receive formal education or training at an art
school. His school was the library where he studied various artists and art books, which
helped him to develop his own style and elevate his talent. He describes his style this way,
“If I had to label my style it would fall into the categories of abstract expressionism. I find
inspiration in Salvador Dali, George Braque, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, and the most
famous Sudanese artist Ibrahim El Salahi.” Bakheit’s art is a reflection of his Sudanese
culture and what he sees in everyday life. He says, “If I have an idea I put it on canvas. I
look into history as inspiration. I paint the struggle of blacks, the poor, and the struggle of
people in Africa…their everyday struggle.” He goes on to say, “Their pain is my inspiration.
You can find it in everyone and it tells you something. My art isn’t strictly African or
Sudanese, it’s for everyone, for the entire human race.”
For more information about the exhibit, please contact Mr. Ibra at