Ayub HajiOmar presents Global Warning and The Most Exquisite Exhibition by Any Living Artist by God ft. Ayub HajiOmar, two larger than life paintings as a preview of his upcoming exhibition, Mercy to the Mankind in Studio West Gallery, from November 18 – March 14 as part of the ROOTED: Southeastern Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program at Rochester Art Center.

About the two artworks:

Both artworks consist of a series of paintings displayed in a diamond shaped grid, centered around one large painting in the middle. Each painting one clearly depicted object or element with a quote in Arabic from Quran related to each image. The themes of the two paintings intertwine the deep interrelationships people have to each other and the earth. HajiOmar writes, “Since I was a child, I was learning a language to which I never understood the words. I felt like a blind man learning about colors. Since I was a child, I have traveled all around the world & experienced the beauty of it. I wanted to share that with the viewer.”


Ayub HajiOmar is an Islamic Contemporary Fine Artist. He is a Muslim, Somali-American living in Rochester Minnesota. He has been painting for more than 10 years and is currently studying Painting at Winona State University. HajiOmar is a 2019 recipient of the SEMAC (Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council) grant for advancing artists. He explores contemporary matters via the Quran. In his larger than life paintings, he uses vibrant colors in an elegant setting. Written in gold, you can see the Quran directly on his paintings. Through his artwork, he aims to promote peace and tolerance while giving the viewer an opportunity to learn more about Islam.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund.