United Arab Emirates

Muhannad Shono

Born in 1977, visual artist Muhannad Shono completed his
education from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in
the year 2000 with a bachelor of arts in Architecture. His use of
multiple sleek materials combined and incorporated into natural
and urban spaces defies the conventional frame.

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Hussain Sharif

Hussain Sharif is one of the United Arab Emirates’ foremost
conceptual artists, who has contributed widely to the development
of art in his native country, founding the Emirates Fine Art Society
in Sharjah along with his brother, Hassan Sharif, and Mohammed
Kazem, Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim and Abdullah Al Saadi.

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Yasser Al Mulla

Born in 1980 in Qatar, Yasser Al Mulla is an architectural engineer
and a visual artist. His monochromatic line drawings are
reminiscent of Sufi cultural and traditional aesthetics.

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Ali Hassan

Ali Hassan was born in Doha, Qatar in 1956. He has a BA from Qatar University in history, but his long involvement with Arabic calligraphy began in 1972 with work as a calligrapher for several local newspapers.

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Fatima Al Shebani

With more than two decades of experience as a painter, sculptor,
and video artist, Fatima Al Shebani is widely considered a
pioneering contemporary artist in Qatar and the Gulf region.

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Shaikha El Kutbi

Shaikha El Kutbi is a visual artist who works primarily in photography, drawing, and installation art.  Her work is self-reflexive, exploring themes of self-awareness and perceptibility and often blurring the line between fiction and reality. 

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Al Anood Al Obeidli

Al Anood Al Obeidli is an Emirati visual artist from Abu Dhabi, UAE, who works primarily in collage producing works that are almost sculptural in form.  Born in 1990, this young artist received her degree in Visual Arts from the College of Arts and Creative Enterprises, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, and in 2014 participated in the Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship Programme.

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Salama Al Mazrouie

Born in the United Arab Emirates, Salama Al Mazrouie graduated from the School of Fine Arts, UAE University, and is a member of the Emirates Fine Art Society.  Focusing primarily on portraiture, Al Mazrouie’s expressive paintings capture the sincerity of her subjects and her experimentation with different techniques and colors imbues her work with dynamic energy that in her words could not be captured in photography.

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Hamdan Bity Al Shamsi

Born in Al-Ain city in 1981, Hamdan Bity Al Shamsi is a self-taught artist who works in collage, digital media, and photography, often mixing digital and more traditional techniques to highlight the effects of consumer cultural and technological shifts on artistic production.

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Saoud Al Dhaheri

Born in Al-Ain city, United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1987, Saoud Al Dhaheri [RF1] joined the Higher Colleges of Technology Photography Club, and later the Emirates Photography Society, to pursue his artistic passion.

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