Abi Salami

Abi Salami

Dallas, TX, United States

About Abi Salami

Abi Salami explores the uncanny in the everyday, allowing her subconscious to inform her paintings while using a personal lexicon of symbols to explore memory, mental health, and race, specifically with the aim of destigmatizing mental illness in African communities. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, and based in Dallas, Texas, Abi earned an MA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin before committing to painting full-time. She has since exhibited in Dallas and across the United States, including at The Women’s Museum in Dallas, the African American Museum of Art in Dallas, and Viridian Artists Inc. in New York City.


2009 University of Texas at Austin (Masters in Professional Accounting)
2008 University of Texas at Austin (Bachelor of Business Administration)
2016 Sofia Art Academy


Our Faces, Our Voices, Group Exhibition, Sep 4 - Nov 7th, Fort Work Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

Women Un-Silenced, Group Exhibition, Oct 8 - Nov 10th - Gallery 1202, Gilroy, CA


Solo Exhibitions

2019, My Africa, Curated by Garbo Hearne, Hearne Fine Art, Little Rock, Arkansas

2018, From the Whimsical Mind, Curated by Jeffrey Richardson, Kanju Interiors, Dallas, Texas

Curated Group Exhibitions

2020, Our Faces Our Voices, Group Exhibition, Curated by Shauna Benoit, Fort Worth, Texas

2020, How Did We Get Here, Two-person exhibition, Keep Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2020, Conversing Layers, Three-person exhibition, Capital One Bank, Dallas Texas

2019, 30th International Juried Exhibition, Part 2, Curated by Vernita Nemec, Viridian Artists Inc., New York, New York

2019, New Texas Talent XXVI, Curated by Caleb Bell, Craighead Green, Dallas, Texas

2019, Texas Vignette Art Fair, Curated by Leslie Moody Castro, The Women's Museum, Dallas, Texas

2019, #UsToo - Phenomenonal Women, Curated by Jennifer Cowley, African American Museum, Dallas, Texas

2019, Disrupt Dallas, Curated by Daisha Board, SPACES, Dallas, Texas

2019, Falling in Love with Me, Curated by Stacie Monday, Our Urban Hippies, Dallas, Texas

2018, Part 2, Curated by Dean Onwumere, Alto211, Dallas, Texas