Circle Art Auction 2015 Lot 36 Rashid Diab

Rashid Diab (Sudanese, born 1957)
Out of Focus, 2015
Signed ‘signature 2015’ (centre)
Acrylic on canvas
108 x 146 cm

Ksh 852,500-935,000
(US$ 7,750-8,500)
Sold Ksh 1,878,400

Provenance: direct from the artist

Rashid Diab is one of the most successful Sudanese artists of his generation. His practice, employing a range of painting and printing techniques, combines Sudanese heritage with an acute awareness of international contemporary artistic developments.

Diab graduated with a BA in painting from the College of Fine and Applied Arts in Khartoum. He then received a scholarship to the Complutense University of Madrid where he studied painting and etching. By 1991 he had completed a PhD on the Philosophy of Sudanese Art also at the Complutense University of Madrid, where he spent the next nine years teaching.

His work has been exhibited across Europe, the USA and the Middle East and can be found in a number of private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Art in Cairo, the National Library of Madrid and the Royal Museum of Fine Art in Amman.

Diab established the Dara Art Gallery in his house in Khartoum. A trailblazer in his home country, in 2003 Diab created the Rashid Diab Arts Centre, to promote the visual arts and cultural awareness in Sudan.