Suliman: Still Reaching for Success

Tell us about yourself and what you do.
My Name is Suliman Onque.  You can see my artist bio here (click)!  I’m currently working on my comic book “Super Sketch Painter TM” (onqcomics), which will be available in September!

What is your biggest obstacle as an artist? What is your biggest success?
My biggest obstacle is not having enough exposure to the mainstream art galleries and art circles, but I have been featured in various newspaper articles.  I’ve also been in a few great art shows and met so many great people along my art career, but my biggest success as an artist is still yet to come!  So look out for that great moment and hopefully you’re there to witness that great moment with me! And remember: “if you can imagine it, I can create it.”  #ArtLife

What inspires your work?
Life, people, music and my emotions inspire me.  I’m also inspired by other artists’ artwork.

“Kortez” and “Soul Mates” by Suliman Onque

Are there any specific artists that inspire you?
Yvonne Onque (my mother), Samad Onque (my brother), and Rudy Martin (my mentor) also @ArtbyWak on Instagram.

What advice would you give an aspiring artist?
Never stop striving to better your art skills, find your art identity, and let your art style come from the heart…Enjoy yourself.

Things to look forward to from Suliman:
I’ll be debuting my comic book “Super Sketch Painter TM” at the Newark Comic Con September 12, 2015!

“Her Hair, pt 2” by Suliman Onque

Keep up with Suliman!
Instagram: @slimsuliart_world
Facebook: Slim Suli Art
Email: and

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About the author

I’ve never been a huge fan of the figure of speech “jack of all trades,” but that is the best way I can explain the direction my life has moved in. My journey has exposed me to graphic design, illustration, UX design, and even a little bit of front-end development. More so, as a jack of many trades, I am a master at one: painting. I consider my gift in painting to be more than a hobby, but a calling and the single thing that lead to the creation this community.

As the Founder of YBA, my goal is to simply be a resource and to fill in the gaps where needed. I am here to solve problems that many of us artists face each and every day. Whether that requires me to create a social media community, write an informative article, or simply have a DM conversation with another creative, my true passion is to serve this community that I am innately apart of.

Outside of creating, I find myself spending entirely too much time watching ASMR Youtube and obsessing over anything MCU and The Flash :)

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