Suhaib Tantoush was born in 1995, in Dundee, Scotland. He is a law graduate of 2018, from Tripoli university, after initially studying social science in high school. His artist studio is now located in Tripoli, Libya.
The artist was raised by two academic parents who were themselves, raised by academic parents. Consequently, artistic connections in the family were not the main influence. In fact, Suhaib Tantoush started drawing and scribbling around at the age of 4. It became an important means of expression for him later on, because his childhood and teenagerhood were a story of non-belonging and non-acceptance (too eastern for the westerners & too western for the easterners). Drawing made non-belonging tolerable and gave a heard voice to a shy, untalkative person.
Suhaib Tantoush is a self-taught artist who takes the negative aspects in the surrounding society as a main inspiration. Therefore, his choice of subjects is always based on societal issues of political and social nature, and everyday life of the people. In fact, he was influenced by books by Mohammed Alzwawi, an artist who documented the Libyan life in a precise, humorous and detailed style.
Through his art and this highlighting of negative aspects and issues, Suhaib Tantoush strives to raise the awareness of the public. This would represent the first step towards problems solving and moving towards improvement, an improvement that will make the world a slightly better place to live.
Suhaib Tantoush works as a freelance digital artist for all sort of campaigns. He also worked as an art teacher for all ages, and lead workshops. Currently, he is the artistic director of WaraQ Art Foundation, and an illustrator for R.N.W website.