May the peace, mercy and blessings of The Divine be with you.
My name is Aïda Touré, a Malian/Gabonese poet painter composer currently located in the New York area. I’m the author of three books of poetry: Unmanifest Poems, The Sublime Sphere and Nocturnal Light. In 2005, while reading a poem from Nocturnal Light, I got submerged with inner images of immense beauty so suddenly I picked up paint brushes, paint tubes and I transcribed these impressions upon canvas… Because the paintings literally leaped out of the Sufi poems I compose, I ended up calling my art work “Visual Sufi Poetry“.
Through my websites, many people have asked where they could view my paintings live, which drove me to consider exhibiting them, although reluctantly for this reason. Since, I have been featured in a textbook published in the US & Canada, in magazines internationally and I have had exhibitions in Gabon, France and the US.
As an artist whose works evoke the primordial place of spirituality in our journey, my wish is to see such art presented and celebrated in integrity with its true spiritual (Islam) and cultural (African) contexts honored, without any of the alien usual requirements to be “diluted” or presented as anything other than what the source of this art truly is.
Contemporary Sufi expressions are currently manifesting in a rich spectrum with styles as vast as the different world cultures Muslim artists evolve in. Such art is music to the eyes, it pulls us with its surprisingly secret yet universal language, it is a corridor to the spiritual splendor inherent to Islam. From immemorial time, this tradition of Light has contributed to the advancement of our world’s civilizations; it has always existed and continues to expand with the same spiritual richness, refinement and wisdom… la ilaha illa Allah.
On the Visual Sufi Poetry blog, I’ll share my thoughts about the many octaves of Surrender/Islam, life, creativity, universal culture, arts and how they interplay to constantly shape us into becoming…
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“Praise be to Allah who guided us towards this felicity. Had it not been for His guidance, we certainly would have wandered aimlessly.” (~Qu’ran 7, 43).