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Abdul Badi  1949


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1949 Born in Cleveland, Ohio (US)

Abdul Badi Al Musawer, was born in the urban wilderness of North America Cleveland, Ohio in 1949. He received a scholarship from the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1956 at the age of seven. In the 60s he studied with eminent African American artist, Nelson Stevens, at Karamu House in Cleveland. Throughout grad school, he won several first place awards for a variety of art contests, resulting as a scholarship student to study fine art at Kent State University, Boston University, and Mass College of Art.

In addition, he was also commissioned by the city of Boston in 1970 and 1971 to produce 2 large wall murals one in the South End and the other in the Mission Hill area of Roxbury, one being the largest mural in the New England area at that time. In the early 70s he left school and the art world and went on a spiritual journey to India. On his return his career focus changed to spiritual based human services working for more than 20 years as a counselor in drug programs, halfway houses, and eventually, as imam in a maximum security prison. In the late 90s, he traveled to United Arab Emirates and was inspired to come back to his artistic roots that resulted in studying with master Arabic calligrapher, Ali Nada Al-Dori in Sharjah, UAE. More recently he taught art in community based programs and worked as art director and instructor for Boston area Islamic school systems. He is also the founder and current director of UMAA United Muslim Artists Alliance. And his taken part in numerous groups and one man shows from Boston to Dubai. He embraced Islam in 1968.

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