Ayub HajiOmar exhibits at the Rochester Art Center
Ayub HajiOmar exhibits at the Rochester Art Center

I have been viewing art ever since I was a child, from the works of Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and more. I found art to appeal to me emotionally, in a quite beautiful and profound way. I wanted to make people feel the same way.

Artwork by Ayub HajiOmar
Artwork by Ayub HajiOmar

I am a multicultural artist with a wide perspective on a lot of matters, from religion to immigration. I have traveled the world and been all over the place, experiencing different cultures, customs and ways of life. It really gave me an idea of how people are living outside of the United States and gave me a sense of where I fit in the world. It added a lot to my personality and the way I perceive the world and everything around me. It made me more conscientious, caring, and more confident and aware. Which, by default, changed the way I make art.

"Nas" by Ayub HajiOmar
"Nas" by Ayub HajiOmar

I try to be a voice for those who are being silenced through injustice. I address topics that people misinterpret. I try to show people that some of their fears are artificial, but some are strikingly true. As an artist, I try to bridge the gap between the misunderstood and those who try to understand them.