Prof. Osman Shibir

Born in 1940 in Wad Medani, Sudan, Professor Shibir, an academic artist, nurtured a deep appreciation for the indigenous Nilotic tribes and their cultural traditions. Throughout his distinguished career, he focused on capturing the essence of these tribes, particularly their interconnectedness with animals, notably the sacred bull.

His artistic journey began with four years of intensive studies at the renowned Khartoum School of Art, laying the groundwork for his creative endeavors. Seeking broader horizons, he pursued a second degree in exhibition design and painting at the prestigious Berlin University of the Arts in Germany from 1961 to 1968. This immersion in the vibrant European art scene profoundly shaped his artistic perspective and technique.


Upon his return to Sudan, Professor Shibir emerged as a prominent figure in Sudanese academia, sharing his vast knowledge and expertise as a lecturer, Professor, and Dean at various universities. His commitment to education extended beyond conventional boundaries, as evidenced by his illustrations in over 300 books, enriching both academic and public discourse with his artistic interpretations.


In addition to his academic contributions, Professor Shibir made significant impacts in other domains, notably in the establishment of a theatre studies department and his valuable contributions to architectural design.


In 2012, he demonstrated his unwavering dedication to preserving the cultural heritage of the Nilotic tribes by founding the  Shibir Nilotic Gallery. This institution serves as a testament to his advocacy for indigenous rights and cultural preservation, fostering cultural exchange and artistic innovation.


Professor Shibir's artistic repertoire transcends conventional norms, seamlessly blending contemporary surrealism with poignant social commentary. His evocative compositions serve as a potent medium for advocating for indigenous rights and safeguarding cultural heritage, earning him international recognition and acclaim solidifying his status as a visionary and distinctive academic artist.