In the year of 1997, Halim A. Flowers was arrested at the age of 16 and sentenced to two life sentences in the District of Columbia. His experiences were filmed in the Emmy award-winning documentary “Thug Life In DC”. In 2005, he started his own publishing company SATO Communications, through which he published 11 books.
In 2019, Halim was released from prison after serving 22 years imprisoned. Upon release, he was awarded the Halcyon Arts Lab and Echoing Green fellowship awards. In 2020, he signed to be represented by the Stella Jones Gallery for his visual art practice.