Wonder of the Night, 2018


Aziz Osman is a painter, sculptor, and ceramic artist. Born in northern Somalia, he studied architecture and painting in Florence, Italy, where he lived for almost 25 years. After returning to Somalia, he was forced out of his country in 1991, at the onset of the civil war. He arrived in Minnesota as part of the first wave of Somalis to resettle here. Wonder of the Night is the result of his experiments with fluid acrylic paint; he allowed the colors to flow and mix on the canvas. The result is a dreamlike painting in which human figures appear like ghosts. Some shapes are recognizable, including faces, arms, robes, headdresses, and, on the left, a large basket, suggesting an uncanny market scene.

Wonder of the Night
Artist Life
born 1948
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