Gailani Ibrahim is an artist inspired by pop art and street art, as well as Sufism where one constantly strives for self-reflection, authenticity, and being present. The artist takes ideas for his paintings when interacting with people and looking at his faces. Style wise, Gailani is influenced by Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo. One of his favorite quotes is Frida Kahlo's, "I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality".
Gailani is a refugee and a child abuse victim. A lot of personal experience and strong emotions are transferred to his canvases. His genre is portraits and abstracts. Having been through some pretty harsh life events, in 2012 the artist started an Art Retreat in Muscat, Oman where he currently resides. The idea of the retreat is to give back to the community, to encourage creativity in people of all occupations, to bring peace and comfort to those who need help, network, communication.
In 2017 Gailani became one of the winners at RE:ARTISTE 3rd Annual Art Competition "Show Your World". His painting "Refugee" was a strong statement at the show. He was an active speaker and advisor at our networking events and later was invited to join a jury panel for the upcoming juried exhibitions.