Moussa Salman under construction

I’m Dutch/Egyptian, retired, but I was a businessman, teacher, inventor and I love challenging tasks. I have a Bachelor degree in Economy from Cairo, Egypt and Bachelor degree in Education from Amsterdam, Netherlands. I never studied art or took any courses, I’m completely self-taught. My art represents the pain my family and I went through due to my daughter’s chronic illness, and it is inspired by her.

In 1999, my daughter was born with one of the most difficult diseases, Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). It’s a rare chronic disease where the skin is very weak. Blisters and open wounds are formed by the slightest touch. She is in constant pain, all the time. There is no cure for it, and we’ve been struggling and fighting this disease every day since. It was a constant struggle to keep going and to reach a safe shore. My art was born a year later because of the enormous emotional and mental turmoil my wife, my kids and I went through dealing with this disease. I had never drawn or painted before, but somehow on her first birthday, I started making these strange drawings. She has become the centre of our attention and life ever since.

You will find that my paintings are very random but controlled. In every painting, I try to express myself to show the viewer what I have created and what I mean. However, most people who see my paintings, also see something different in them. My art can be seen from many different perspectives, but they all represent finding beauty within chaos and despair.

I’m always thinking about global problems we all face and what I can do to help. You will sometimes find that reflected in my work as some of my paintings focus on these problems. For example, climate change, war, refugees, the current pandemic, injustices, racism, poverty, and human rights. Also modern social problems like loneliness, depression, isolation, and fake news. I hope my work can raise awareness and understanding by moving people to feel each other’s problems.


Exhibitions and Publications:

Art Fair: -2021, Art San Diego Fair, San Diego, California, USA

Art Fair: -2020, Monaco Yacht Show, Monaco (postponed)

Art Fair: -2020, Shanghai International Art Fair, Shanghai, China

Gallery: -2020, MADS Milano, Milan, Italy

Gallery: -2021, Artifact Gallery, Manhattan, New York City, USA

Online Exhibition: -2020/2021, Artavita

Online Exhibition: -2020/2021, Art Upclose, represented by Artifact Gallery

Online Exhibition: -2020/2021, Artsy, represented by Artifact Gallery

Online Exhibition: -2020, Corriere dell' Arte

Book: - 2021, Contemporary Art of Excellence Volume IV, by Global Art Agency (GAA)

Magazine: - 2020 - OUTSiDER Art Magazine Issue 3

Magazine: - 2020 - CreativPaper Issue 20

Magazine: - 2020 - Corriere dell' Arte

Magazine: - 2020 - Artist Portfolio Magazine 10 year anniversary issue volume 5

Magazine: -2020 - World Wide Art Magazine Issue 4

Catalogue: - 2020 - Shanghai International Art Fair

Catalogue: - 2020 - MADS Milano Gallery, International Contemporary Exhibition“20.20”

Catalogue: - 2021 - Art San Diego Fair by Artavita

Catalogue: - 2021 - Artifact Gallery Group Exhibition