Hi, I am Selemani Issa Omari!

In the vibrant art scene of Bagamoyo, there's one name that shines brightly—Selemani Issa Omari, affectionately referred to as Suley. He is not only a renowned artist on the local art market but also the visionary founder of the non-governmental organization (NGO) "Art Cures." Suley's artistic journey is a testament to his dedication to traditional Tanzanian art forms while continually introducing fresh and captivating elements into his work.

Suley's canvas is a reflection of the rich tapestry of classic Tanzanian art, a tradition he holds dear. With each stroke of his brush, he weaves together the heritage and culture of his homeland, creating pieces that resonate with both locals and visitors alike. His art is a celebration of the country's history, landscapes, and people, told through the medium of paint and canvas.

However, Suley's impact extends far beyond his artistry. He is the driving force behind the birth of "Asante Sanaa." When the global COVID-19 pandemic forced tourists to stay away, Suley faced a difficult decision—he had to give up his job, which was closely tied to the tourism industry. Yet, in the face of adversity, Suley's indomitable spirit led to a profound revelation.

Rather than waiting for tourists to return, Suley envisioned a new way to bring art to the people. He realized that art possesses a unique power to heal, uplift, and inspire, especially during challenging times. This realization laid the foundation for "Asante Sanaa," an initiative that seeks to bridge the gap between artists and art enthusiasts.

Through "Asante Sanaa," Suley and his fellow artists have taken their creations directly to the clients, breaking down the barriers imposed by the pandemic. They've embraced innovative approaches, such as virtual exhibitions and art delivery services, to ensure that art continues to thrive, even when traditional avenues seemed impassable.

Selemani Issa Omari, or Suley, stands as a beacon of resilience and creativity in Bagamoyo. His commitment to preserving Tanzanian artistic traditions while adapting to the challenges of the modern world is an inspiration to all. Through his art and his initiative, he reminds us that even in the most challenging times, creativity can flourish, and art can bring solace and hope to a community in need. Suley's story is a testament to the enduring power of human spirit and the ability of art to transcend obstacles and connect people with the beauty of their culture.

Paintings by Selemani Issa Omari

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