Abi Salami is a Nigerian-American visual artist based in Dallas, Texas.
A self-taught artist, Salami graduated with a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in public accounting and real estate for almost a decade before deciding to follow her passion for art as a full-time career.
She creates vibrant, colorful, cultural pieces with the primary goal of creating awareness about the importance of mental health, especially within the African community. Growing up in a Nigerian household while suffering from depression was challenging for Salami as discussing and addressing mental illness within the African community is still very taboo. After suffering privately for years, she is now dedicated to using her artwork to ensure that others do not have to continue to suffer in silence.
Her works have been showcased at the African American Museum of Dallas, The Women’s Museum of Dallas, George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, Fort Worth Community Arts Center and the Texas Visual Arts Association.