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ARTIST'S BIOGRAPHY - Hussein Saidi - 2014

African artist, Hussein Saidi, combines traditional African themes with modern style. Saidi's work is highly acclaimed internationally and has been on display at various locations including the Museum of African American in New Orleans and Award winner for MLK exhibition, the US Embassy in Niamey, Niger through the Art in Embassy program (selections by Ambassador Allen), Gdynia, Poland's International Exhibition of Art, "Globaltica: Art Inspired by Traditional Cultures", Fisher Gallery's "Body Art" solo exhibition of natural material collages, Apex Gallery's "A Tribute to Fiber Art", New York City JVC Jazz Festival "Rhythm, Color and Harmony", Art Association of Harrisburg - National Juried Show, Rockville Art Place "Inspired by Music", World Arts Focus "Contradictions" solo exhibit, and Meridian International Center - White Meyer Galleries, to name a few. Saidi's artwork was highlighted in Sunshine Artist Magazine's "Under the Canopy," with cover art and an article (Jan. 2006, 28 - 31), and he currently has artwork on exhibition at the African American Museum of Philadelphia in "Silent Voices, Loud Echos." Saidi's 2002 solo exhibit "Contradictions" represented his attempt to explore the human spirit, including the reactions and feelings of those affected by the tragic violence in the Washington, DC area. His solo show in May 2004, "Body Art" explored traditional and modern cultures in their use of body art. Saidi's most recent solo show for 2006, "Community Spirit" at the Gateway Heliport Gallery in Silver Spring, explored the positive and negative aspects of progress. Saidi has received many awards and honors, including:



Award winner for MLK exhibition at the African American Museum of New Orleans 2009

Award of Distinction, Mixed Media
– Downtown Syracuse Art Festival, Syracuse, NY – July 2007
* Award of Merit– Joliet Fine Art Show, Joliet, IL - July 2007
* Best of Show – Easton Art Affair, Easton, OH – June 2007
* Award of Excellence – Eau Gallie Art Festival, Melbourne, FL - 2006
* Best of Show - AnnMarie Garden Art Show (partner with the Smithsonian) - Sept 2006
* Award of Merit - Festival of the Masters, Orlando, FL - Nov 2005
* Award of Merit - Neptune Festival, Virginia Beach, VA - Sept 2005
* Award of Excellence - Chrysler Arts, Beats & Eats, Pontiac, MI - Sept 2005 and 2006
* 1st Place Mixed Media - Detroit Festival of the Arts, Detroit, MI - June 2005
* Honorary Award - Festival in the Park, Charlotte, NC - Sept 2004 and 2005
* Guest Lecturer: Selected by Art Educator participants, Penn State University Outreach - July 2004
* Grant Award - "Art in the U.S. Fosters Understanding of the Islamic World" Puffin Foundation - Feb 2004
* 1st Place - Niantic Outdoor Art Show, Niantic, CT 2003
* Judges' Choice - Arts Alive, Ocean City, MD 2003 and 2006

Saidi's collection of art contains an overriding theme of community and family. He attempts to unify and intertwine his two worlds - that of Tanzania and that of the United States - by focusing on the commonality among all people globally. His artwork embodies two distinct styles. From his father, also an artist, Saidi acquired the skills to create contemporary acrylic paintings. These paintings utilize bold colors and shapes, and they are lively, active and pure in emotion. Saidi also creates unique collages utilizing natural materials such as barks, leaves, husks and other natural fibers, combined in a meticulous process. When he was a boy, as is typical of children in Tanzania, Saidi created his own toys out of found-objects. Saidi now continues this process in his art, as he incorporates natural materials in his collages, where the materials he uses reflect his perceptions of the strong ties between humans and Earth. Each creation either shows scenes from daily life in Africa, or it shows ujamaa, which is Kiswahili for cooperation, unity in family and in community life.

To contact Hussein Saidi, write to: or phone: 301 - 905 - 7680

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