Drawing in a business in Mogadishu


MOGADISHU, Somalia (Reuters) – A collection of yawing mouths and extracted teeth, sepulchral stereo speakers and colorful hookah pipes accoutre emporium fronts in Somalia, a colorful contrariety to a airbrushed artworks of large business.

Somali picture artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also famous as “Shik Shik”, is a male obliged for a art that facilities on some-more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets opposite Mogadishu.

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Sidow’s work has a hand-drawn simplicity, customarily involving bright, eye-catching colors. Some pieces widen over several meters.

Sidow’s father was a blurb artist, who upheld his believe and skills on to his son.

Sidow, 31, took on his father’s business in 1998 and his portrayal supports not usually his possess family, though helps means his father as good as many others.

“I make a cinema to get daily food for my mother and 3 kids,” he told Reuters.

“I also give daily food to (my) late aged father. Now we have turn an art clergyman there are many artists whom we taught how to make pictures, and they also get their daily food.”

Sidow pronounced he never repetitious murals and that impulse came from Somali daily life.

Aside from feeding his family and brightening adult a civic landscape, Sidow still has ambitions to do some-more with his art.

“God willing, we wish we will also make cinema in a adjacent countries.”

Reporting by Feisal Omar; Writing by Mark Hanrahan in London; Editing by Jane Merriman


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