For life is not eternal
SFA Advisory, New York
November 2021

The exhibition, For life is not eternal, marks a departure for French-Comorian, London-based artist Soimadou
Ibrahim, who forgoes his typical imagery of familial characters painted from memories or photographs in
exchange for imagery of flora in isolation. Vegetation has always accompanied his iconic figures in paintings but
never have they entirely stood alone. Formally he gives humans and plants equal weight, using vibrant colors
and choppy, thick brushstrokes to render both. Here, however, flora no longer serves as backdrop, instead
taking center-stage and acting as stand-ins for his family, his memories, and his Comorian heritage.

Cornish colours (2021), Acrylic on paper, 59x42cm/23x16in

Lobsters for dinner (2021), Acrylic on canvas, 120x90cm/48x36in

The butler (2021), Acrylic on canvas, 180x180cm72x72in

Cactus of Assinie (2021), Acrylic on canvas, 120x90cm/48x36in