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Muhammad Zaman

American, born Bangladesh, 1990

Muhammad Zaman's Our Colors Make Us Beautiful, 2018, at 1131 Broadway. Photo: Jeff Mace for Buffalo AKG Art Museum

Our Colors Make Us Beautiful,

Public Artwork Details

Currently on View


Acrylic paint


Commissioned by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Public Art Initiative, 2018

Location: 1131 Broadway (Get Directions)

Buried in the layers of calligraphic forms at the center of this mural is its poetic title: Our Colors Make Us Beautiful. Artist Muhammad Zaman’s wide-ranging projects—from works on paper and paintings to this mural, his largest work to date—are all grounded in language. His compositions come together through an organic accumulation of thought fragments in the three languages that inform his identity: English, the language of his adopted home; Bengali, the language of his homeland; and Arabic, the language of his religion. Here, these messages peek through abstract passages of interwoven paint. In Our Colors Make Us Beautiful, Zaman explores the possibilities of verbal and visual expression to bring about mutual understanding and empathy among people from diverse walks of life.

Project Sponsors

Support for this mural has been provided by C2 Paint and Hyatt’s Graphic Supply Company. Additional support has been provided by the sponsors of the Summer of AK. 

Initiative Sponsors

The Public Art Initiative was established and is supported by leadership funding from the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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