During his training as an artist, Salah El Mur spent years traveling and living across East Africa and the Middle East. While his unique, expressive style is a product of these encounters, El Mur maintains a distinctive and powerful Sudanese visual vocabulary. His paintings portray a variety of heterogeneous tradition, folklore, vernacular of people and environments. Recombining and remixing various components alongside one another, the artist’s personal memories interact with collective myths from the past, creating artworks that unfold as relics of a suspended present as much as documents of a recurrent social phenomenon integrated into social life.
El Mur attended the College of Fine and Applied Art at Sudan University (1989). His work has been exhibited extensively in both national and international contexts. El Mur also composes and illustrates children’s books, and is active as a filmmaker. His film ‘Heaven’s Bird’ won the Jury Prize at the International Short Film Festival in Ethiopia (2010).