Originally from Sudan Abushariaa Ahmed holds a Bachelor Degree of Fine arts from the College of Fine and Applied Arts at Sudan University (1986-1990). After his studies, Abushariaa worked as a graphic designer at several advertising studios up to 1993. He then became a freelance artist, producing works in the tradition of The Khartoum School, a modernist art movement formed in Sudan in 1960 that sought to develop a new visual vocabulary to reflect the distinctive identity of the newly independent nation.
Abushariaa left Sudan in the mid-90s and spent some years in Kenya. He later lived for a short period in Cologne, Germany before settling in Kampala, Uganda, in 2000, where he still lives and works as a full-time artist. His distinctive ink drawings are rich with ornamental and patterned symbols of his Nubian culture and occasional Arabic calligraphy.
Abushariaa has exhibited extensively in East Africa and in Canada, the US, Germany, Denmark, Monaco and the UK. His artwork is held in many private and public collections all over the world – in the African Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea, and in the collection of the World Bank in Washington DC, the USA amongst others. He is a member of the Sudanese Artists Association, the Drawing Society and the South African