Khalid Albaih once told a journalist, “If you were to ask me where I’m from, I would say I’m from Internet.”
Born in Romania, Khalid grew up in Sudan until the age of 10 when his family fled to Qatar for political and economic refuge. Today, the acclaimed Sudanese artist and political cartoonist lives in Denmark, where he’s part of an artist-in-residence program for creatives who are threatened in their own country.
Khalid’s provocative illustrations provide social and political commentary on events in the Middle East and around the world. He calls his satirical series “Khartoon!”– a play on Sudan’s capital Khartoum.
Khalid’s cartoons have been widely shared, going viral multiple times over the past decade. Through his art, Khalid comments on everything from the Syrian civil war, to Charlie Hebdo, to race relations in the United States. During the Arab Spring, his images became icons of the revolution, shared widely on social media and replicated as graffiti on walls from Cairo to Beirut.