Moses Salihou



Moses is a self-taught, African contemporary artist who moved to Toronto from Cameroon in 2014. 

" I began developing my artistic talent at a very young age. Inspired by my surroundings and everyday life, I connected to everything creative, and my paintings blend vibrant colours and movement to express a sense of belonging and existence."

Moses' artwork reads like visual poetry, subjective and limitless in its interpretation.  His inspiration and creativity are sourced from his African roots, his surroundings, the environment and his imagination. His work questions different subjects like life, friendship, love, existence, family and our place as humans in the ecosystem.  

Moses' creative process is guided by a desire to establish dialogue through his work without setting any limits. As a versatile artist, he uses various supports (canvas, paper, reclaimed materials) and mediums (oil, acrylic, watercolour, pigment and charcoal). 

Inspired by such greats as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jean Riopelle, Claude Monet and Kerry James Marshall, Moses' works are soulful and uplifting.

His work has been shown in different group shows and two solo shows in Toronto and Africa. His artwork is proudly featured in private collections around the world in countries such as France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Cameroon and Chad. 

Moses was the winner of the 2017 Canadian National Art Battle live painting competition, held in Toronto. 

These days Moses lives and maintains a studio in Toronto.