Awer Bul's story is one of great triumph and inspiration. Born in the backwoods of Sudan in the early 1980s and forced to escape the violence of the Second Sudanese Civil War, Bul fled to Kenya, by himself, where he lived in the wild for at least six years as a "Lost Boy", with very little food and no health care.
Bul likes to say that "Art saved [his] life". As a young boy, Bul had no access to any sort of basic art supplies that many would take for granted. When he first began as an artist, he used the mud walls of his house and his fingers to create his masterpieces. This was the only way he could deal with and depict the horrors he saw on a day-to-day basis amidst the terror of war in Southern Sudan.