Artists in Focus 2022 - Coffee Table Book by Magzoid Magazine

“Artists in Focus 2022” celebrates and honors the extraordinary works of artists. It features 50 outstanding artists from different parts of the world to showcase their incredible journey in the world of art, commemorating the 50 glorious years of the UAE. The idea behind launching the book is to recognize and support the creative industry and acknowledge the hard work that is put in by each of the featured artists. It aligns well with the goals of The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and the Ruler of Dubai. We believe in the creative community and as our core stands firm on four pillars: Creativity, Unity, Innovation, and Upliftment. This book exemplifies our mission to boost the Creative Economy of the UAE and support the creatives from all genres who would be paving the path towards an exceptional future. We hope you would enjoy reading it as much as we did making it.

“Artists in Focus 2022” celebrates and honors the extraordinary works of artists. It features 50 outstanding artists from different parts of the world to showcase their incredible journey in the world of art, commemorating the 50 glorious years of the UAE.

The idea behind launching the book is to recognize and support the creative industry and acknowledge the hard work that is put in by each of the featured artists. It aligns well with the goals of The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.

We believe in the creative community and as our core stands firm on four pillars: Creativity, Unity, Innovation, and Upliftment. This book exemplifies our mission to boost the Creative Economy of the UAE and support the creatives from all genres who would be paving the path towards an exceptional future.

We hope you would enjoy reading it as much as we did making it.


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We dedicate this book to the creative community and thank them<br />

for their contribution towards build<strong>in</strong>g a beautiful future for<br />

us and our upcom<strong>in</strong>g generations.<br />

We believe <strong>in</strong> YOU.<br />


His Highness<br />

Sheikh Mohammed B<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum<br />

“We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of<br />

our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone.”<br />


Her Highness<br />

Sheikha Latifa B<strong>in</strong>t Mohammed B<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum<br />

“We are proud that the city has truly become a global centre for arts, culture<br />

and creativity, a place where we empower and enable our home-grown talents,<br />

and welcome creatives from all over the world, offer<strong>in</strong>g them a home where<br />

they can thrive on a professional and personal level.”<br />


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<strong>Magzoid</strong> Magaz<strong>in</strong>e is extremely pleased to celebrate and honor the extraord<strong>in</strong>ary work of artists with the launch of<br />

“<strong>Artists</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Focus</strong>, <strong>2022</strong>”. The idea beh<strong>in</strong>d launch<strong>in</strong>g this platform is to recognize and support the creative <strong>in</strong>dustry and<br />

acknowledge the hard-work that is be<strong>in</strong>g put <strong>by</strong> each of the featured artists <strong>in</strong> this book. Featured are some of the trailblazers<br />

driv<strong>in</strong>g a change to take the world towards a better future. Be<strong>in</strong>g the lead<strong>in</strong>g luxury magaz<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> the creative segment of<br />

MENA, this <strong>in</strong>itiative of ours is well-<strong>in</strong>cl<strong>in</strong>ed with our mission to support and grow the creative economy.<br />

We strive towards build<strong>in</strong>g a community of creatives from all the genres who would be pav<strong>in</strong>g the path towards an<br />

exceptional future. Our core stands on four pillars: Creativity, Unity, Innovation and Upliftment. With these pillars <strong>in</strong>tact,<br />

we are confident <strong>in</strong> br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g some revolutionis<strong>in</strong>g ideas and changes which will have a direct or <strong>in</strong>direct positive<br />

impact on bus<strong>in</strong>esses and the economy.<br />

In l<strong>in</strong>e with the celebration of the 50 years of the UAE, this book features 50 outstand<strong>in</strong>g artists from different parts of the<br />

world. Each of the 50 artists handpicked <strong>in</strong> this book have been curated to showcase their uniqueness and talents.<br />

<strong>Magzoid</strong> Magaz<strong>in</strong>e has always been proud to have begun its journey here <strong>in</strong> the UAE and the major factor is the<br />

vision and the support from the leadership that the country witnesses.<br />

We are proud to support the goals of The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries, launched <strong>by</strong><br />

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime M<strong>in</strong>ister of UAE and the Ruler of Dubai.<br />

“The Dubai Creative Economy Strategy aims to transform the emirate Dubai <strong>in</strong>to an<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational dest<strong>in</strong>ation for creativity and the capital of creative economy <strong>by</strong> 2025.”<br />

With our current <strong>in</strong>itiatives, we aim at mak<strong>in</strong>g the creative community of the UAE to lead the physical and digital forefront<br />

now as well as <strong>in</strong> the future. The same ideology would be reflected <strong>in</strong> our future <strong>in</strong>itiatives as well.<br />

We hope you enjoy read<strong>in</strong>g this book as much as we enjoyed mak<strong>in</strong>g it.<br />


Contents<br />

A<br />

12-13 | ABDUL QADER AL RAIS<br />

F<br />




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B<br />

17 | BEAU B. FRANK<br />

C<br />


19 | CARLA GRACE<br />

D<br />

20 | DDAVE POLLOT<br />


22 | DOINA VITU<br />

E<br />


24 | ELENA ZERNOVA<br />

25 | EMILIE FANTUZ<br />

26 | ERICK CENTENO<br />

11 | LEONARDO<br />

DA VINCI<br />

-QUOTE<br />

27 | VINCENT VAN<br />



G<br />


H<br />

32 | HENA SHAKEEL<br />

I<br />


J<br />

34 | JOSHUA MIELS<br />

K<br />


L<br />


M<br />


Contents<br />


40 | MARINA ZOTOVA<br />


N<br />

42-43 | NADA AL BARAZI<br />


46 | NICK SIDER<br />

47 | NOEMI SAFIR<br />

48 | Norris Yim<br />

P<br />

49 | PETER TERRIN<br />

50 | PHILIPP WEBER<br />


R<br />

52 | RAFA TOM<br />


55 | RAISA MARJAN<br />


S<br />

57 | SACHA JAFRI<br />

58-61 | SANA SAJAN<br />

62-63 | SAVITA MALIK<br />


-QUOTE<br />

53 | PABLO<br />



65 | SOPHIE GREEN<br />

66-67 | SOUMYA SHREE<br />



T<br />


V<br />

72 | VARSHA SUREKA<br />

Y<br />

73 | YOUNG – SUNG KIM<br />

69 | CLAUDE MONET<br />

-QUOTE<br />


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“The pa<strong>in</strong>ter has the<br />

Universe <strong>in</strong> his m<strong>in</strong>d<br />

and hands.”<br />

Leonardo Da V<strong>in</strong>ci<br />



AL RAIS<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Abdul Qader Al Rais is an Emirati artist who is considered to be one of the most iconic pa<strong>in</strong>ters of the country. A self-taught artist, Abdul<br />

Qader explores the landscapes and traditions of his homeland. His early works were realistic render<strong>in</strong>gs of landscapes, traditional Emirati<br />

architecture, dhow fish<strong>in</strong>g boats, and coastl<strong>in</strong>es. More political themes permeated his work <strong>in</strong> the late 1980s and early 1990s, particularly<br />

concern<strong>in</strong>g Palest<strong>in</strong>ian struggles. He later shifted his approach to a mixture of abstraction and calligraphy, focus<strong>in</strong>g on the contours of Arabic letters,<br />

which are now regarded as his signature style. A found<strong>in</strong>g member of the Emirates F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Society, retrospectives of Abdul Qader’s extensive<br />

artistic career have been held at the Sharjah Art Museum, and the Institut du Monde Arabe (Arab World Institute). The artist was featured <strong>in</strong> the<br />

UAE Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, and his work is currently held <strong>by</strong> The British Museum, the Louvre, the Northwest Museum of Culture and<br />

Arts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, and the Museum of Modern Art <strong>in</strong> New Delhi. His work has also been displayed at the European<br />

headquarters of the United Nations <strong>in</strong> Geneva, and his public murals can be found <strong>in</strong> the Dubai Airport and the Dubai Metro. Among his numerous<br />

awards are the Sheikh Khalifa Prize for Art and Literature, Abu Dhabi (2006); Golden Palm Award, Gulf Cooperation Council Art Exhibition, Doha<br />

(1999); first prize at The UAE <strong>in</strong> the Eyes of Its <strong>Artists</strong>, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation (1999); Sultan Al Owais Award for Scientific Studies and<br />

Creativity, Dubai (1992, 1994, 1996) and first prize at the UAE Exhibition <strong>in</strong> Ch<strong>in</strong>a (1991).<br />




United K<strong>in</strong>gdom<br />

Amber Tyldesley is a 27-year-old wildlife artist from Warr<strong>in</strong>gton <strong>in</strong><br />

the UK. Work<strong>in</strong>g predom<strong>in</strong>antly <strong>in</strong> acrylics, her artwork derives<br />

from a fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with the <strong>in</strong>tricate details, textures and colours<br />

found with<strong>in</strong> the natural world. “Acrylics are my chosen medium. The<br />

animal k<strong>in</strong>gdom offers unlimited <strong>in</strong>spiration. From familiar favourites<br />

such as tigers and lions to less-represented species like pangol<strong>in</strong>s<br />

and okapis, I f<strong>in</strong>d every species has a story to tell and <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g set of<br />

behaviours to reveal. Whatever the subject may be, I want my pieces to be<br />

bold- capable of celebrat<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>in</strong>credible beauty of the natural world,”<br />

says Amber. She has been a f<strong>in</strong>alist <strong>in</strong> the David Shepherd Wildlife<br />

Foundation ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ competition for the past three<br />

consecutive years, receiv<strong>in</strong>g highly-commended awards from the judg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

panel on each occasion. Her jaguar piece ‘Clos<strong>in</strong>g In’<br />

was also voted the ‘People’s Choice’ w<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>in</strong> the<br />

2019 competition. Amber was selected as the<br />

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s first<br />

‘Artist of the Month’ dur<strong>in</strong>g July 2020, with<br />

sales rais<strong>in</strong>g over £2000.00 for the charity<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g this time. Support<strong>in</strong>g conservation<br />

efforts rema<strong>in</strong>s at the heart of her work,<br />

and over the past three years artwork sales<br />

have raised over £9000.00 for projects<br />

across Africa and Asia. She views her art<br />

as a way to connect with unfamiliar and<br />

endangered species, and to <strong>in</strong> turn raise<br />

awareness for their precarious position<br />

with<strong>in</strong> the world.<br />



Russia<br />

Anastasia Kustova is a watercolor artist based <strong>in</strong> Russia. Art is her<br />

love, life, and passion. Through her work, she wishes to portray<br />

the beautiful world around her and share with the world what<br />

she loves and feels. From 2006, Anastasia worked <strong>in</strong> graphics us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

different materials. It was from 2014 that she moved to watercolor<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. The themes she focuses ma<strong>in</strong>ly on <strong>in</strong> her artworks are sea and<br />

city landscapes as well as sketch<strong>in</strong>g people. She believes that creativity<br />

unites the people and makes the world a better place to live <strong>in</strong>. Anastasia<br />

is a member of the Union<br />

of Russian watercolorists and<br />

an IWS member. She<br />

has immense experience <strong>in</strong><br />

outdoor pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce 2017, she has been<br />

conduct<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

lot of master classes<br />

all over the<br />

world and has several<br />

en ple<strong>in</strong> airs<br />

workshops <strong>in</strong> Russia<br />

and abroad.<br />

Works of Anastasia<br />

are <strong>in</strong> the<br />

private collections <strong>in</strong><br />

Slovenia, US,<br />

Ukra<strong>in</strong>e, and Russia.<br />



Belgium<br />

Anastasia Trusova is an artist who specializes <strong>in</strong> acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

which revolves around her ma<strong>in</strong> theme of nature. She has chosen<br />

to work with acrylic colors as she feels it is a real treasure for<br />

those who like to experiment and there are no limits to it due<br />

to its quick dry<strong>in</strong>g time. Always be<strong>in</strong>g surrounded<br />

<strong>by</strong> trees, fields, and forests, watch<strong>in</strong>g the dawn,<br />

<strong>in</strong>hal<strong>in</strong>g the smell of wet grass, and listen<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

the sound of the w<strong>in</strong>d is what she considers as<br />

real happ<strong>in</strong>ess. “In nature, each branch, each<br />

leaf, each flower is unique. It is very <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g<br />

to exam<strong>in</strong>e their bends and then try to pa<strong>in</strong>t on<br />

the sheet,” says Anastasia. She believes that<br />

creativity is freedom as well as a way of selfexpression.<br />

“I love graphics, sculpture, and<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. I could not refuse anyth<strong>in</strong>g and so<br />

began to pa<strong>in</strong>t as I liked, and named my style<br />

texture-graphic impressionism,” she says.<br />



California, USA<br />

Beau Bernier Frank is a French-American oil pa<strong>in</strong>ter based out of Big<br />

Sur, California. He spent the last 6 years explor<strong>in</strong>g all the various<br />

aspects of life and recently came to the conclusion that art was<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g he really enjoyed. Art, for him, is someth<strong>in</strong>g he could envision<br />

play<strong>in</strong>g a larger role <strong>in</strong> both his life and others. His series “Off The<br />

Grid” features a comb<strong>in</strong>ation of black and white portraits<br />

with colorful landscapes highlight<strong>in</strong>g places from his<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>g area as well as places he has travelled to.<br />

The need to capture the feel<strong>in</strong>gs of long<strong>in</strong>g and nostalgia<br />

around the places are mirrored through the various<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ations featured <strong>in</strong> each of his works. Beau says, “I<br />

want creatives to see the <strong>in</strong>s and outs of the beautiful but<br />

challeng<strong>in</strong>g process of purs<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>terest and mak<strong>in</strong>g it<br />

a part of a daily rout<strong>in</strong>e. To not fall <strong>in</strong> love with the<br />

f<strong>in</strong>al product but the steps <strong>in</strong> between that<br />

made it all possible”. He photographs<br />

the work he is creat<strong>in</strong>g, shares the<br />

work <strong>in</strong> progress and documents<br />

the arc of a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g through<br />

time-lapses and videos on his<br />

Instagram handle @beaubfrank<br />

or his YouTube channel. To know<br />

more about his artwork, visit the<br />

website beaubernierfrank.com.<br />



Canada<br />

Car<strong>in</strong>a Francioso is a multi-award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Canadian f<strong>in</strong>e artist<br />

whose work can be seen <strong>in</strong> private and corporate collections all<br />

over the world. Her contemporary realist oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs reflect her<br />

rigorous attention to detail. Car<strong>in</strong>a’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, which are <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong><br />

her life and travels, capture moments frozen <strong>in</strong> time while also <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the viewer’s imag<strong>in</strong>ation, allow<strong>in</strong>g them to create their <strong>in</strong>terpretation.<br />

Car<strong>in</strong>a’s<br />

art evolves throughout time, yet her <strong>in</strong>timate<br />

journey with each brushstroke and detail<br />

rema<strong>in</strong>s the same. Her work is a clear<br />

representation of her love of life and<br />

her <strong>in</strong>satiable curiosity for beauty<br />

and fluidity.She has spent her<br />

entire life around water and had<br />

no idea that it would f<strong>in</strong>d its way<br />

<strong>in</strong>to her art until one summer<br />

<strong>in</strong> Italy when she captured the<br />

Ionian Sea. The view enthralled<br />

her, and she knew these pictures<br />

would have an impact on her next<br />

body of work. “My experiences with<br />

water have <strong>in</strong>spired my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

and my goal is that my work will<br />

elicit mean<strong>in</strong>gful memories or<br />

responses <strong>in</strong> the viewer, as water is<br />

universal and connects us all” says<br />

Car<strong>in</strong>a.<br />



Australia<br />

Carla Grace is an artist based <strong>in</strong> Australia who attempts<br />

to capture the grace of our planet on her canvas. She<br />

follows the trends of ‘Realism’ and shares her emotions<br />

through her artworks. She aims to create tangible life on the<br />

canvas so that people view<strong>in</strong>g the artwork<br />

can feel the presence of the animal<br />

she pa<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>in</strong> the room as though<br />

they are right <strong>in</strong> front of the eyes.<br />

She posts videos show<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

process that goes beh<strong>in</strong>d each<br />

artwork and shares many tips and<br />

tricks for artists to enhance their art.<br />

Through these <strong>in</strong>formative videos,<br />

she has been quite useful for the<br />

people who are try<strong>in</strong>g to develop<br />

their artistic careers. “I am <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong><br />

the person I hope to be <strong>in</strong> 10 years. I<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>e what she needs me to do, to<br />

have faith <strong>in</strong> now, and it motivates<br />

me to be the best artist I can be<br />

today” says Carla.<br />



United States of America<br />

Dave Pollot is an artist based <strong>in</strong> New York known for his altered<br />

thrift art pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. He f<strong>in</strong>ds unwanted artwork and adds his<br />

own touch, most often pop culture parodies, and <strong>in</strong> do<strong>in</strong>g so,<br />

bridges the divide between classic and pop art. By add<strong>in</strong>g his own<br />

unique touches to the art found <strong>in</strong> thrift stores, he<br />

transforms mundane scenes <strong>in</strong>to sensational art<br />

pieces that are enterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g. Each<br />

new piece presents a new set of challenges, and<br />

learn<strong>in</strong>g to work <strong>in</strong> a variety of styles and master<br />

new techniques has kept his attention. It’s also<br />

an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g challenge to develop a narrative<br />

and tell a story with a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g – the backgrounds<br />

provide the framework to use to build a story.<br />

His artwork has been displayed and found<br />

homes <strong>in</strong> galleries, bus<strong>in</strong>esses, and private<br />

collections <strong>in</strong> all 50 states <strong>in</strong> the US and<br />

over 40 countries around the globe.<br />

His work has attracted attention<br />

from the media both <strong>in</strong> the<br />

U.S. and abroad, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Insider, Instagram,<br />

and the SyFy Channel.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Debbie W<strong>in</strong>gham, an artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE took her art to a new<br />

level <strong>by</strong> th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g out of the box- which led to what is dubbed as<br />

the world’s most expensive black diamond dress. It was the start<br />

of what would become her signature <strong>in</strong> the art world; diamonds and lots<br />

of it. She has released an art collection around the theme of ‘Time’ that<br />

pays homage to Dubai. The oil-pa<strong>in</strong>ted collection, named ‘Dubai Through<br />

the Years’ features Dubai’s architecture <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g, Dubai Frame, the Burj<br />

Khalifa, and the Dubai Creek Tower, represent<strong>in</strong>g Dubai’s past present,<br />

and future. She took the circular artwork one step further with<br />

the exquisite frame that is dubbed the most<br />

expensive picture frame <strong>in</strong> the world currently.<br />

Studded with more than 10,000 <strong>in</strong>dividual<br />

diamonds, the frame <strong>in</strong>cludes po<strong>in</strong>ter diamonds,<br />

white diamonds, and sapphire, mak<strong>in</strong>g the frame<br />

itself 1.5 Million pounds.<br />

Debbie debuted her first creation, the stunn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Black Diamond dress which broke records, hailed<br />

as the world’s most expensive dress at the time.<br />

At a price po<strong>in</strong>t of £3.5m, the dress is adorned<br />

with 50 two-carat black diamonds. W<strong>in</strong>gham’s<br />

portfolio expands to creat<strong>in</strong>g the world’s most<br />

expensive shoes. Worth Dhs55M, the diamonds<br />

used are quite rare. She has proved to be a<br />

diverse artist who can make the ord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

<strong>in</strong>to extraord<strong>in</strong>ary while push<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

boundaries of conventional art.<br />



United K<strong>in</strong>gdom<br />

Do<strong>in</strong>a Vitu is an artist based <strong>in</strong> the UK who specializes <strong>in</strong><br />

landscape and seascape pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. She follows the trends of<br />

traditional art and realism. Whether it be oil colors, acrylics,<br />

or watercolor, she succeeds <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g marvelous and mesmeriz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artwork. Through her artworks, Do<strong>in</strong>a wishes to showcase how beautiful<br />

nature and the world around us is. “I want people to understand how<br />

important it is to protect nature and be responsible for what we leave<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d. With my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, I want to help people relax<br />

and to reconnect with nature,” she says. She is<br />

extremely proud of the fact that her artworks have<br />

reached people from countries like Canada and<br />

Germany to Spa<strong>in</strong> and Holland. “Whether you<br />

choose to visit a gallery or you pa<strong>in</strong>t, art can relax<br />

you”, she says. Do<strong>in</strong>a is conv<strong>in</strong>ced that for every<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g there is a lover, there is a wall and a<br />

welcom<strong>in</strong>g house. Currently, she is work<strong>in</strong>g on a<br />

series called “exod” which aims to highlight the<br />

problem of wild animals that<br />

are driven out of their natural<br />

habitats due to overcrowd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and urban construction.<br />



SHAIKH<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Eeman Shaikh is a self-taught artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE. Hav<strong>in</strong>g been raised <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi and Mumbai, she has been exposed to diverse art<br />

culture. Her preferred materials and medium to work with are glitters, mosaic tiles, model<strong>in</strong>g paste, glass beads, pens and markers. She<br />

uses different arabic scripts on her works. “With the help of Quranic depictions, I hope to reach masses and relate to all stages of their lives<br />

through my artwork,” says Eeman. Though she doesn’t have a formal education <strong>in</strong> art, noth<strong>in</strong>g stopped her from pursu<strong>in</strong>g her passion. She has<br />

always been creative and <strong>in</strong>tends to improve and nurture her skills everyday regardless of the obstacles or the path. Creat<strong>in</strong>g art pieces that<br />

honor Quranic verses written on them, she tries to relate to various stages of people’s lives <strong>in</strong> order to <strong>in</strong>spire them to be better people. Her<br />

goal through her art is to br<strong>in</strong>g peace to the viewer’s eyes and hearts with the use of colors, patterns, designs and mostly importantly<br />

the beautiful verses. She believes these works of art will spiritually motivate them to deal with various situations and become<br />

a better version of themselves. Her recent art exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude a group art exhibition “Endless Boundaries” <strong>in</strong> hotel Four<br />

Po<strong>in</strong>ts <strong>by</strong> Sheraton <strong>in</strong> Dubai and 50th National Day Art Competition and Exhibition <strong>by</strong> ARTOZE at Ajman.<br />



Ukra<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Elena Zernova is a Ukra<strong>in</strong>ian artist specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> res<strong>in</strong> art.<br />

Be<strong>in</strong>g a res<strong>in</strong> artist is a lot different from be<strong>in</strong>g a regular pa<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce the materials used are completely different. Art res<strong>in</strong> is a<br />

recently fashioned style of res<strong>in</strong> which conta<strong>in</strong>s chemical less toxicant,<br />

specially created to be used for creative purposes. She follows the<br />

trends of seascape <strong>in</strong> her res<strong>in</strong> works. The technique<br />

to create beautiful and realistic ocean art<br />

<strong>in</strong>volves pour<strong>in</strong>g layers of res<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> various<br />

shades of blue and then f<strong>in</strong>ish<strong>in</strong>g with a<br />

layer of white. This mixture gets pushed<br />

around with a hairdryer to create<br />

a lac<strong>in</strong>g effect rem<strong>in</strong>iscent of sea<br />

foam. Res<strong>in</strong> is essential to creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

realistic ocean art. Its clarity,<br />

consistency and gloss replicate<br />

the look of water <strong>in</strong> a way you<br />

simply can’t get with any other<br />

medium. Elena is proud of the fact<br />

that she is at the top of her game<br />

when mak<strong>in</strong>g realistic seabed with<br />

res<strong>in</strong>s.<br />



United States of America<br />

Emilie Fantuz is an American artist whose works are focused on<br />

American realism. In American realism, the artwork handles<br />

common-places, everyday events, and people. Her works can also<br />

be described as Ashcan school which is another artistic movement that<br />

highlights how art can provide enlightenment, education, and spiritual<br />

fulfillment. “Through depict<strong>in</strong>g the beauty <strong>in</strong> everyday moments —<br />

the hazy glow of moonlight on a darkened city street, the endlessly<br />

<strong>in</strong>tersect<strong>in</strong>g squares and rectangles of shop signs <strong>in</strong> the distance — I<br />

highlight the beauty that sits ready and wait<strong>in</strong>g for our eyes, only if we<br />

choose to look”, she says. The subtle visions of optimism <strong>in</strong> our lives<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire her the most. These scenes rem<strong>in</strong>d us that beauty is always near,<br />

even <strong>in</strong> the moments, it seems so far. She has made constant efforts to<br />

work with galleries, public art projects,<br />

juried exhibitions, and more, to share her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs with the community. The elements<br />

of the city that sparks her <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

neon signs, corner stores, and reflections<br />

from various surfaces. For her, creativity<br />

and the act of mak<strong>in</strong>g art are extremely<br />

important. She is <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> less obvious<br />

sights of beauty and giv<strong>in</strong>g them a whole<br />

new life through her different view.<br />



Italy<br />

Erick Centeno Ohlitas is a Peruvian artist who resides <strong>in</strong> Genoa,<br />

Italy. Art has always been close to him s<strong>in</strong>ce his father was an<br />

avid pa<strong>in</strong>ter and taught him how to produce them. He began his<br />

artistic journey <strong>by</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g realistic draw<strong>in</strong>gs with pencils and then got<br />

attracted <strong>by</strong> the scribble technique. Becom<strong>in</strong>g more<br />

aware of his surround<strong>in</strong>gs, he is constantly<br />

struck <strong>by</strong> new ideas. For <strong>in</strong>stance, when he<br />

walks down the street or watches a movie,<br />

he observes keenly how he can replicate<br />

it <strong>in</strong>to his art giv<strong>in</strong>g it his personal touch.<br />

Erick has exhibited at SaturArte 2020 , 25<br />

concorso d’arte contemporanea a cura<br />

di Mario Napoli , Genova Italia, Biennale<br />

Genova 2019 “Danc<strong>in</strong>g Heart” up-andcom<strong>in</strong>g<br />

prize, Design and Fly 2019 Volotea<br />

event with Showusyourtype, Art Expo 2018 ,<br />

5^ Contemporary art exhibition<br />

<strong>in</strong> Genoa, International<br />

contemporary art<br />

exhibition, Italy 2017<br />

Satura art Gallery and<br />

Spoleto arte <strong>in</strong>contra<br />

Venezia 2016,<br />

Contemporary art<br />

exhibition <strong>in</strong> Venice.<br />


“If you hear a voice<br />

with<strong>in</strong> you say ‘you<br />

cannot pa<strong>in</strong>t,’ then<br />

<strong>by</strong> all means pa<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

and that voice will be<br />

silenced.”<br />

V<strong>in</strong>cent Van Gogh<br />



Brazil<br />

Fabiano Millani is a pa<strong>in</strong>ter born <strong>in</strong> São Paulo, Brazil. The style of art<br />

he ma<strong>in</strong>ly focuses on currently is Hyperrealism. Fabiano believes<br />

he is still at the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of his work as the desire to learn is still<br />

the same. In 2005, he started his first work on figurative style, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

several canvases <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> day-to-day life and experiences. “My <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

<strong>in</strong> art<br />

arose through observation. I always enjoyed scribbl<strong>in</strong>g<br />

while<br />

wait<strong>in</strong>g for someth<strong>in</strong>g or even dur<strong>in</strong>g classes. It was<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tuitive which emerged little <strong>by</strong><br />

little<br />

and ended up becom<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dispensable <strong>in</strong><br />

my<br />

daily life”, says Fabiano. Dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her artistic<br />

journey,<br />

Fabiano developed a<br />

unique technique show<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the fastest and easiest way to achieve<br />

hyperrealism <strong>in</strong> a s<strong>in</strong>gle coat of<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t. Between 2016 and today,<br />

Fabiano gives workshops,<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g the technique he<br />

developed to several countries<br />

around the world, such as<br />

Italy, Mexico, Argent<strong>in</strong>a,<br />

Qatar, Uruguay, Turkey,<br />

Brazil, among others.<br />

Most of his works are acquired<br />

<strong>by</strong> foreign clients from various<br />

countries around the world.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Faisal AbdulQader is a self-taught Emirati artist who fell <strong>in</strong> love<br />

with art <strong>in</strong> his childhood and nurtured this hob<strong>by</strong> <strong>by</strong> read<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art-related books, meet<strong>in</strong>g with and learn<strong>in</strong>g from different artists<br />

across the globe as well as visit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ternational art museums. His career<br />

and work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the f<strong>in</strong>ancial sector for 30 years resulted <strong>in</strong> an unwanted<br />

distance from his favorite hob<strong>by</strong>. In 2012 he decided to unleash the talent<br />

to the world after his official retirement from the f<strong>in</strong>ancial sector. Faisal<br />

prefers to shed light on the more traditional side of the city through his<br />

oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. He has pa<strong>in</strong>ted scenes that evoke the Dubai he remembers<br />

from his childhood – of cool<strong>in</strong>g w<strong>in</strong>d towers, fish<strong>in</strong>g dhows, a fisherman<br />

mend<strong>in</strong>g his nets, classic Emirati teapots, and carved<br />

wooden doorways. Faisal’s family used to live <strong>in</strong><br />

a house <strong>in</strong> the oldest part of Dubai, Al Fahidi<br />

Historical Neighborhood, where the houses<br />

made from gypsum and coral have been<br />

well-preserved and still reta<strong>in</strong> the traditional<br />

features that he loves to pa<strong>in</strong>t. His recent<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude Memories Art Exhibition<br />

<strong>in</strong> November 2016 at Sultan B<strong>in</strong> Ali Al Owais<br />

Foundation, Noor Gallery as part of Noor Bank<br />

Wealth private view<strong>in</strong>g as well as one at the<br />

Embassy of Mexico <strong>in</strong> UAE <strong>in</strong> 2020. He is plann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

for a <strong>2022</strong> Solo Exhibition to showcase all of<br />

his past artworks.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Fatima Al Hammadi is an Emirati artist hav<strong>in</strong>g 23 years of<br />

experience <strong>in</strong> F<strong>in</strong>e Arts. Graduat<strong>in</strong>g with a Bachelor of Arts<br />

degree from the UAE University, she works <strong>in</strong> the field of<br />

visual arts curricula at the M<strong>in</strong>istry of Education. Recently she<br />

has started with the art of calligraphy comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g it<br />

with f<strong>in</strong>e arts. Fatima is also the leader of the UAE<br />

Grafitti artists which is the first local graffiti<br />

group. She has participated <strong>in</strong> several art<br />

projects that have entered the Gu<strong>in</strong>ness<br />

World Records such as the longest graffiti<br />

wall <strong>in</strong> Dubai <strong>in</strong> 2014, the longest glow<br />

<strong>in</strong> the dark graffiti wall <strong>in</strong> 2016, and the<br />

largest stencil mural. Fatima has also been<br />

a part of over 50 national exhibitions and<br />

some <strong>in</strong>ternational exhibitions <strong>in</strong> London,<br />

Berl<strong>in</strong>, and Sri Lanka.<br />



Russia<br />

Gal<strong>in</strong>a Golovchak is an oil pa<strong>in</strong>ter from Russia ma<strong>in</strong>ly focus<strong>in</strong>g<br />

on the natural world, sea, and forests. She is currently an<br />

artist at AG Gallery based <strong>in</strong> Moscow. She has an <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong><br />

the mar<strong>in</strong>e theme s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood. Gal<strong>in</strong>a loves the green<br />

untouched massifs, the deep sea and has portrayed nature<br />

<strong>in</strong> its glory <strong>in</strong> her art. The current trends she follows are<br />

realism, landscapes, and seascape pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Try<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

distract herself from the cold climate of her hometown,<br />

she devotes her free time to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g seascapes.<br />

Concentrat<strong>in</strong>g on the texture of the sea – the foam<br />

streaks and the powerful waves, the artist’s water fills<br />

the entire space of the canvas, absorb<strong>in</strong>g dry land<br />

and leav<strong>in</strong>g no space for a human. Gal<strong>in</strong>a wants<br />

to portray the preservation of nature <strong>in</strong> its<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al form <strong>in</strong> her art with all its brightness,<br />

saturation, and clarity without any human<br />

<strong>in</strong>tervention. Gal<strong>in</strong>a says, “Art is a way<br />

to express yourself and<br />

show the public the<br />

topics that you care<br />

about, what you love,<br />

what you value, what<br />

scares you, and so on...<br />

Art is a dialogue with<br />

the viewer; art is the<br />

world.”<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Hena Shakeel is a UAE based artist who has experience <strong>in</strong><br />

the field of <strong>in</strong>terior design. The world of art and design is<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g she has been <strong>in</strong>trigued about s<strong>in</strong>ce high school.<br />

She has a couple of years of experience <strong>in</strong> social media, graphic design,<br />

arts, and events. Right after graduat<strong>in</strong>g from university,<br />

Hena started her own bus<strong>in</strong>ess venture called<br />

Henashakeel Interiors. Her Instagram page @<br />

henashakeel.<strong>in</strong>teriors serves as a portfolio<br />

and showcases her designs <strong>in</strong> addition to the<br />

skills and understand<strong>in</strong>g she has acquired <strong>in</strong><br />

university while study<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>terior design. The<br />

major projects she has worked on <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

apartments, villas, retail stores, kiosk stands,<br />

private offices, exhibition stands, museums,<br />

villa transformation, and bridal boutiques<br />

which have been designed us<strong>in</strong>g software<br />

like 3D Max, SketchUp, and AutoCAD.<br />

Her recent exhibition <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g 50 Glorious years<br />

of the UAE – National day art<br />

exhibition and competition 2021<br />

<strong>by</strong> ARTOZE <strong>in</strong> Marsa, Ajman.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Iman Alrashdi is an Emirati artist who holds a degree <strong>in</strong> Media and Public<br />

Relations from Ajman University. With over 13 years of experience, she<br />

is a self-taught artist who has neither studied art academically nor has<br />

she attended any artistic course but relied completely on her experiences<br />

and practiced hard to better her skills. Her works ma<strong>in</strong>ly focus on realism<br />

art, portraits, and horses. Iman has participated <strong>in</strong> exhibitions <strong>in</strong> different<br />

countries such as the UAE, Spa<strong>in</strong>, and Morocco. Some of the exhibitions<br />

she has been a part of <strong>in</strong> the UAE <strong>in</strong>clude Youth Novation – Ajman <strong>in</strong> 2010,<br />

Creations Feather Artist – Ajman <strong>in</strong> 2010, Art Nouvean Splendour – Ajman<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2011 and Juman 2 – Ajman <strong>in</strong> 2013. Her <strong>in</strong>ternational exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

Festival Artistic Creativity - the International University of Casablanca<br />

Morocco <strong>in</strong> 2009, Youth United Arab Emirates - Altea,<br />

Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2010, Creations Eyes Arab Emirates - Valencia,<br />

Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2010, Middle East - Alicane, Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2010,<br />

Modern Art - Alcoy, Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2010 and Creators of the<br />

Ajman University - Marbia, Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> 2010. Iman has<br />

been awarded 3rd place <strong>in</strong> the Ajman Educational<br />

Zone <strong>in</strong> 2002, 1st place <strong>in</strong> the field of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g on<br />

UAE University <strong>in</strong> 2010, 2nd place for the Sharjah<br />

University <strong>in</strong> 2012 and 1st place <strong>in</strong> art competition<br />

of national day <strong>in</strong> 2012. She has also created<br />

murals like Logo of the year of Sheikh Zayed <strong>in</strong><br />

Zayed park <strong>in</strong> Umm al Quwa<strong>in</strong>, Sheikh Rashid<br />

Al-Nuaimi Mural <strong>in</strong> Ajman and <strong>in</strong> the park<strong>in</strong>g<br />

basement of Warga Mall, Dubai.<br />



Australia<br />

Australian-based contemporary artist Joshua Miels is a palette knife<br />

oil pa<strong>in</strong>ter who captures the emotions of human be<strong>in</strong>gs through<br />

a series of colorful, multi-layered, large-scale portraits. Spend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

countless hours add<strong>in</strong>g layer upon layer of pa<strong>in</strong>t, Joshua produces<br />

powerful pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that resonate with viewers long after their gaze has<br />

left the canvas. Pa<strong>in</strong>ted ma<strong>in</strong>ly us<strong>in</strong>g oil, each and every piece of art takes<br />

its own journey through a process of experimentation. Joshua’s driv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

force is his passion to create. Through his work, he is look<strong>in</strong>g to remove<br />

the stigma of mental health <strong>in</strong> males. Due to a family history of<br />

mental health and addiction, art for him is a way of deal<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and understand<strong>in</strong>g. At first glance, Joshua’s artworks are<br />

dynamic and powerful. However, once we observe the<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t, the cracks <strong>in</strong> its surface, the way it breaks away<br />

from the contour of the face <strong>in</strong>to a multitude of l<strong>in</strong>es<br />

and strokes, our perception of them changes. We start<br />

to understand that the face is often a façade, mask<strong>in</strong>g<br />

what we all experience as humans – times of fragility,<br />

vulnerability, and powerlessness. His artworks address the<br />

disconnect between the exterior personality people<br />

present and their <strong>in</strong>terior worlds. “I try to translate<br />

what people feel <strong>in</strong>to my pieces and that is one of<br />

the reasons I like to keep the face expressions<br />

out of it,” he says. “Just because someone<br />

is happy and smil<strong>in</strong>g doesn’t mean<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g is ok. His artworks challenge<br />

the viewer and prompt them to draw<br />

upon their own emotive experiences.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

An award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g contemporary artist who has quickly established<br />

herself as the ris<strong>in</strong>g star of the middle eastern art world, Kristel Bechara is<br />

recognized ma<strong>in</strong>ly for her dynamic patterns and expressive colors which<br />

are set aga<strong>in</strong>st a monochromatic background, creat<strong>in</strong>g imagery that is vivid and<br />

thought provok<strong>in</strong>g. Her artwork ‘Atlas’ has been recreated with a dash of colours and<br />

patterns highlight<strong>in</strong>g the encumber<strong>in</strong>g burden on his back. Atlas, one of the most<br />

recognizable Titans from Greek mythology, is seen <strong>in</strong> this oeuvre carry<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the weight of the heavens on his mighty shoulders as a punishment<br />

for his rebellion aga<strong>in</strong>st the Olympians. We might f<strong>in</strong>d ourselves<br />

reflected <strong>in</strong> this rendition of a cower<strong>in</strong>g Titan, as we too carry a<br />

burden on our backs. This piece might make us wonder: what<br />

burden do we have on our shoulders? Besides the traditional<br />

artwork on canvas, she ventured on to create and sell limited<br />

edition pr<strong>in</strong>ts of her digital artworks to <strong>in</strong>credible demand.<br />

With her digital art, she has also found recognition for<br />

be<strong>in</strong>g a pioneer of NFT art <strong>in</strong> the Middle East, hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

been the first middle eastern female artist <strong>in</strong> the<br />

region to adopt and capitalize from this new<br />

technology. Born <strong>in</strong> Lebanon and based <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai, Kristel’s work has been displayed<br />

all over the world like galleries <strong>in</strong> Tokyo,<br />

Milano, Brussels, London and France. She<br />

has received high acclaim <strong>in</strong> UAE notably<br />

w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g the UAE Resident Artist Award at<br />

the 2018 World Art Dubai.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Laura started LB Toml<strong>in</strong>son Art just over 1 year ago after<br />

dedicat<strong>in</strong>g more time to creativity, and return<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, dur<strong>in</strong>g the covid lockdown. Art has always run<br />

strong through Laura’s blood with her father also an artist, and<br />

her mother a ceramicist, <strong>in</strong> the UK. Orig<strong>in</strong>ally from the United<br />

K<strong>in</strong>gdom, Laura left a career <strong>in</strong> fashion buy<strong>in</strong>g beh<strong>in</strong>d to move<br />

to Dubai with her family last year, and is look<strong>in</strong>g forward to her<br />

family and bus<strong>in</strong>ess grow<strong>in</strong>g successful and strong with<br />

the excit<strong>in</strong>g opportunity offered <strong>by</strong> the UAE. Laura<br />

specialises <strong>in</strong> watercolour animal illustrations with<br />

a fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e and floral <strong>in</strong>fluence. Muted colours<br />

and soft l<strong>in</strong>es make for a dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style. LB<br />

Toml<strong>in</strong>son illustrations have been a very popular<br />

choice for home and nursery decor, sell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>als through social media Instagram and<br />

complet<strong>in</strong>g commissions on demand. This<br />

year sees excit<strong>in</strong>g collaborations underway<br />

to illustrate for multiple lifestyle brands <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai - both <strong>in</strong> store, and for e-commerce.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Mai Majdy is an Egyptian artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE. She earned her bachelor’s<br />

degree from Applied Arts Cairo and has over 10 years of experience <strong>in</strong><br />

the arts and the creative sector. She is a professional artist with live<br />

<strong>in</strong>teractive art performances. Her artwork mostly focuses on the Middle Eastern<br />

culture, depict<strong>in</strong>g portraiture as her preferred subject matter of choice, visualiz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the personality, and captur<strong>in</strong>g the beauty of the Arabian features.<br />

Her primary medium is oil pa<strong>in</strong>ts. Mai was <strong>in</strong>fluenced <strong>by</strong> the<br />

great impressionist V<strong>in</strong>cent van Gogh. She has taken what<br />

van Gogh created and modified the style to meet her<br />

own ideas. She utilizes the impasto technique to draw<br />

the quick strokes of the impressionists <strong>in</strong>to long<br />

curvy l<strong>in</strong>es creat<strong>in</strong>g pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs vivid with color and<br />

exaggeration. Mai believes that there is no better<br />

mirror of society than the faces of its people. Most<br />

of her artwork themes are <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> stories and<br />

tales that reflect scenes of magical beauty and<br />

unique traditions and culture around her. She<br />

chooses Emirati women as the ma<strong>in</strong> theme for<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Each scene leaves an impression<br />

of the diversity and vitality of the world of<br />

women <strong>in</strong> Emirati society, that special hidden<br />

world full of fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>ity, cheerful colors, and<br />

magical beauty that <strong>in</strong>spires senses and<br />

souls. Her works have been showcased <strong>in</strong><br />

several exhibitions and owned <strong>by</strong> private<br />

and public collections worldwide.<br />




United Arab Emirates<br />

Maged Makram Sheroubi is an Egyptian artist based <strong>in</strong> the<br />

UAE who works as a senior architect and <strong>in</strong>terior designer.<br />

Maged’s career spans 25 years and the preferred materials for<br />

his artworks are oil, acrylic, silk and gouache. In his artworks, Maged<br />

portrays the elements of the human soul, attributed to his impressive<br />

educational background <strong>in</strong> Psychology and Arts comb<strong>in</strong>ed. Art for<br />

him is a sublime message. He searches with<strong>in</strong> the human soul, <strong>in</strong>side<br />

the subconscious and the pent-up desires with<strong>in</strong> humans.<br />

He lives this struggle and searches for lost love and<br />

childhood dreams. As an <strong>in</strong>terior designer work<strong>in</strong>g with an<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational consult<strong>in</strong>g company, Maged has managed<br />

projects for Hilton Hotel & Projects, Ras al Khaimah, and<br />

Al Forsan/Marriot Hotel Project, Abu Dhabi. Apart from<br />

the UAE, he has worked with the Conrad and Meridian<br />

Hotels <strong>in</strong> Cairo, Egypt. While focus<strong>in</strong>g on his career, he<br />

has also participated <strong>in</strong> local as well as <strong>in</strong>ternational art<br />

competitions namely International Exhibitions <strong>in</strong> UK (VAA)<br />

(Year -2021), <strong>in</strong> Al Jaleela Cultural Center for children<br />

exhibition with Dubai <strong>in</strong>ternational Art Center<br />

(Year <strong>2022</strong>) Celebrat<strong>in</strong>g 50 glorious years of<br />

the UAE art exhibition and competition 2021<br />

<strong>by</strong> ARTOZE and <strong>in</strong> Dubai <strong>in</strong>ternational Art<br />

Center exhibition (Year <strong>2022</strong>) among others.<br />

38<br />


I was returned to the cocoon, to my primal roots, sail<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>side the ship of our dreams, through lost<br />

times, roads, and our lost dreams, look<strong>in</strong>g for you <strong>in</strong> all the roads and <strong>in</strong> the mounta<strong>in</strong>s, <strong>in</strong> the threads<br />

of the glow<strong>in</strong>g sun, but I did not f<strong>in</strong>d you, as I wished, I am still sail<strong>in</strong>g, but without paddle.







Russia<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a Zotova is a Russian artist who specializes <strong>in</strong> Oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

She majorly focuses on landscapes and still life. As a pa<strong>in</strong>ter,<br />

she loves to create because it helps her connect with who she<br />

is, and it helps her learn more about herself and what she is truly<br />

capable of. Mar<strong>in</strong>a’s artworks speak of love for nature. She loves<br />

all th<strong>in</strong>gs natural; thunderstorms, clouds, sun, and snow. For her,<br />

contemplation of nature is meditation. Through<br />

the artworks she creates, she wants to immerse<br />

the viewer <strong>in</strong> the places that she pa<strong>in</strong>ts. She<br />

considers the achievement as a big honor<br />

and a great motivation to develop further as<br />

an artist. She started post<strong>in</strong>g her artworks<br />

on the Instagram page @mar<strong>in</strong>a_z19 and<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs started sell<strong>in</strong>g all<br />

over the world. Slowly she entered<br />

galleries and began to participate<br />

<strong>in</strong> exhibitions and competitions<br />

and received several awards. Her<br />

artwork “Gold Autumn” won<br />

the 1st prize diploma <strong>in</strong> the<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational competition<br />

“Deli’s Mustache” and she is<br />

<strong>in</strong>vited to a live competition<br />

<strong>in</strong> Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> May <strong>2022</strong>.<br />



Spa<strong>in</strong><br />

Artist Marissa Oosterlee is recognized for her<br />

hyperrealistic figurative pieces that captivate the viewer<br />

with not only their technical detail but also the narratives<br />

that she br<strong>in</strong>gs to life. Her works always conta<strong>in</strong> a deeper<br />

personal or social message, as well as her great love for nature.<br />

Marissa now enjoys worldwide attention with her hyperrealistic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. She has undisputedly established her name with<br />

her photorealistic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. She creates her own reality <strong>in</strong><br />

her artwork, hyperrealistically and conv<strong>in</strong>c<strong>in</strong>gly conveyed on<br />

canvas. In addition to various pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques, she also uses<br />

airbrush and her work often consists of acrylic<br />

and oil pa<strong>in</strong>t. Marissa means From the Sea<br />

- Mermaid. It’s the perfect fit as her love<br />

for the ocean and nature is as big as her<br />

passion for art. She is actively <strong>in</strong>volved<br />

<strong>in</strong> clean<strong>in</strong>g up nature, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

awareness of the importance of clean<br />

oceans, and rais<strong>in</strong>g funds with annual<br />

auctions for a good cause to help<br />

animals <strong>in</strong> need. She now resides<br />

<strong>in</strong> Spa<strong>in</strong> together with her partner<br />

and two dogs, after liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Belgium<br />

and The Netherlands for many years.<br />

Together they run the art bus<strong>in</strong>ess and<br />

travel the world.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Nada Al Barazi is a self-taught artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE. Though she<br />

has always been enchanted <strong>by</strong> art s<strong>in</strong>ce her childhood, she only<br />

started focus<strong>in</strong>g on art <strong>in</strong> 2017. Inspired <strong>by</strong> nature, she uses oil<br />

and acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t for her creations. She firmly believes <strong>in</strong> shar<strong>in</strong>g joy,<br />

happ<strong>in</strong>ess, and positivity with others especially those who are <strong>in</strong> need.<br />

For this, she supports several exhibitions for children with special needs<br />

and donates artwork to their centers to encourage artistic<br />

fundamentals <strong>in</strong> young children. Nada had a solo<br />

exhibition <strong>in</strong> 2018. She has been on TV channels and<br />

various newspapers to raise the awareness of art <strong>in</strong><br />

the UAE. The exhibitions that she has been a part<br />

of <strong>in</strong>clude World Art Dubai, Carousel Du Louvre<br />

at the Louvre Museum <strong>in</strong> Paris, Kunooz Art<br />

Exhibition <strong>in</strong> London, Flyer Art Gallery as well<br />

as Atelier Montez <strong>in</strong> Rome, and Townly Gallery<br />

<strong>in</strong> New York. Furthermore, she is a member of<br />

several galleries <strong>in</strong> Dubai and collaborates with<br />

other local and <strong>in</strong>ternational galleries.<br />

Furthermore, Nada became a member<br />

of the Dubai Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Women<br />

Council <strong>in</strong> collaboration with the<br />

Dubai Chamber <strong>in</strong> September.<br />

Her exhibitions <strong>in</strong> <strong>2022</strong> <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

New York Art Expo <strong>in</strong> April,<br />

International Arts Forum-<br />

Spa<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> May, and Korea Art<br />

Festival <strong>in</strong> September.<br />




United Arab Emirates<br />

Nadia Adamenko is an artist born and raised <strong>in</strong> Russia who moved<br />

to the UAE <strong>in</strong> 2013. Her passion for art has been <strong>in</strong>gra<strong>in</strong>ed s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

a young age such that she jo<strong>in</strong>ed an art school. But contrary to<br />

what most people expected, as soon as she f<strong>in</strong>ished school, she dropped<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong>ts, brushes and stopped focus<strong>in</strong>g on art. It was after 21 years, last<br />

year, that she got back to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. It was out of the blue, last Ramadan,<br />

that a thought popped <strong>in</strong>to her m<strong>in</strong>d to give art a try aga<strong>in</strong>. She bought<br />

all the materials required and started pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and felt the joy of art<br />

aga<strong>in</strong>. At that moment she realized what she had missed <strong>in</strong> those 21 years.<br />

Nadia searches for <strong>in</strong>spirations to come up with someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

different and unique wherever she is. Not stay<strong>in</strong>g fixed<br />

to one particular genre, she tries different styles<br />

and techniques. Her favorite medium to work<br />

on is acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t and texture paste. The recent<br />

exhibitions that she has been a part of <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

the National Day Exhibition and Competition<br />

2021 <strong>by</strong> ARTOZE, Celebrate UAE National Day<br />

2021 at Emirates Palace, and an exhibition at<br />

Andaz Hotel <strong>in</strong> 2021. She hopes that her passion<br />

and desire for discover<strong>in</strong>g new th<strong>in</strong>gs will<br />

help her to open new horizons and<br />

let her create new and <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artworks.<br />


“I saw the angel <strong>in</strong> the<br />

marble and carved<br />

until I set him free.”<br />

Michelangelo<br />



United States of America<br />

Internationally known artist, Nick Sider, is a self-taught acrylic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>ter based out of New York City. S<strong>in</strong>ce the age of 5, Nick knew<br />

he wanted to be a pa<strong>in</strong>ter. While experiment<strong>in</strong>g with a multitude of<br />

subject matter, Nick has always ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed a hyperrealistic<br />

style, attempt<strong>in</strong>g to create pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that extend<br />

beyond what a photograph could ever capture.<br />

The pa<strong>in</strong>s that Nick takes to br<strong>in</strong>g out the<br />

details of his fierce subjects make his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

comparable to photographs or go beyond the<br />

details that photographs provide. Some of them<br />

are so realistic that they appear to leap out of<br />

their canvases. His <strong>in</strong>credibly detailed wild animal<br />

creations capture both their stunn<strong>in</strong>g beauty and<br />

wild ferociousness. “My favorite moment while<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is when a subject on my canvas beg<strong>in</strong>s<br />

to come alive,” he says. His ma<strong>in</strong> goal for<br />

his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs is to use detail and color<br />

to create the illusion of life spawn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from the canvas. More recently, Nick<br />

Sider has been work<strong>in</strong>g on a series of<br />

large-scale lion and tiger pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs as an<br />

ode to his childhood and his obsession<br />

with draw<strong>in</strong>g big cats. Nick Sider is<br />

currently show<strong>in</strong>g with Galerie<br />

Bartoux <strong>in</strong> New York City and<br />

will have his first Museum Show<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>2022</strong> at Zillman Art Museum<br />



Uruguay<br />

Noemi Safir is an artist born <strong>in</strong> Uruguay who moved to Israel<br />

with her parents when she was two years old. Noemi decided<br />

to pursue her ambition of becom<strong>in</strong>g a pa<strong>in</strong>ter at the age of 40.<br />

Women figures <strong>in</strong> her large-scale pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are a reflection of herself,<br />

depict<strong>in</strong>g episodes from her life that brought her to where she is now,<br />

convey<strong>in</strong>g power and desire and a wide variety of emotions.<br />

They represent her effort to accept her freedom as a woman and<br />

an artist without apologies or reservations. Noemi’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g style is<br />

characterized <strong>by</strong> picture fragmentation and a vibrant<br />

color palette. As if to declare, “Yes, I am attractive<br />

and youthful, alive and full of passion, driven<br />

<strong>by</strong> emotions and desire to be myself <strong>in</strong> all my<br />

glory,” her pictures are captivat<strong>in</strong>g and strong.<br />

Noemi has participated <strong>in</strong> a number of<br />

important exhibitions worldwide <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

New York, Miami, San Francisco, S<strong>in</strong>gapore,<br />

Hong Kong, Korea, Germany, Paris, Holland,<br />

Australia, Monaco and Israel. She also<br />

participated <strong>in</strong> charity auctions and<br />

fundrais<strong>in</strong>g events as Christie’s<br />

<strong>in</strong> aid of ADETEC-COEUR, Israeli<br />

fund rais<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> aid of Aids, Art sale-<br />

Donation for Israeli hospital etc.<br />



Hong Kong<br />

Norris Yim is a self-taught pa<strong>in</strong>ter based <strong>in</strong> Hong Kong who<br />

graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of<br />

Design (Environmental & Interior) <strong>in</strong> 2014. Search<strong>in</strong>g for an<br />

alternative way to express himself, he created abstract<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs as a way to cure his spirit. Us<strong>in</strong>g multiple<br />

color thicknesses to create an abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

(often a portrait), the abstract pigments<br />

represent his dark side and mood, which<br />

forms the foundation of the art. Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g for<br />

him, is purely a means of self-presentation,<br />

a process of transform<strong>in</strong>g his observation<br />

of others and <strong>in</strong>ternaliz<strong>in</strong>g it as creative<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration. Seek<strong>in</strong>g his spiritual satisfaction<br />

with poetry, self-expression is often t<strong>in</strong>ged<br />

with lonel<strong>in</strong>ess. Norris believes that portraits<br />

are colored with illusory, dark, and lonely<br />

self-expression. “Observation, memory,<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation, are the pr<strong>in</strong>cipal<br />

aspects of my work. In the end,<br />

I’m just fulfill<strong>in</strong>g my ambition<br />

through colors to create<br />

more <strong>in</strong>spirations,”<br />

says Norris.<br />



Belgium<br />

Peter Terr<strong>in</strong> is an artist from Belgium who has always been drawn to art.<br />

There were no def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g or pivotal moments that determ<strong>in</strong>ed the course<br />

of his life. His need to pa<strong>in</strong>t has always been as vital as breath<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

eat<strong>in</strong>g; provid<strong>in</strong>g the necessary fuel for the m<strong>in</strong>d and soul. His passion<br />

for people was re<strong>in</strong>forced through years of travel after graduat<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

Textile Design School <strong>in</strong> Belgium. He blends several artistic styles and<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporates different ideas to produce someth<strong>in</strong>g more than just a portrait.<br />

Mexico’s amaz<strong>in</strong>g blend of th<strong>in</strong>gs drives him <strong>in</strong>sane; the way they live, their<br />

customs, their cuis<strong>in</strong>e, their family values, their music, and<br />

the spectacular brilliant colors with which they pa<strong>in</strong>t their<br />

homes. If he had to sum up this subject <strong>in</strong> a s<strong>in</strong>gle l<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

he’d answer, “Mexico gave me colors.” Peter uses his unique<br />

style to capture emotion, mood and feel<strong>in</strong>g through pallet<br />

knives and acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t on large-scale canvas. To keep<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs excit<strong>in</strong>g for himself, he changes his style every 2<br />

to 3 years. He supposes his style can be classified as<br />

a modern form of expressionism. This dist<strong>in</strong>ctive<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g style gives his work a lively expression.<br />

His past exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude Open<strong>in</strong>g Terr<strong>in</strong><br />

Art Gallery, Tulum Mexico <strong>in</strong> 2020, Solo<br />

Show Porsche, Cancun Mexico <strong>in</strong> 2019, Imar<br />

Art Gallery, Mykonos Greece <strong>in</strong> 2019, Jorge<br />

Mendez Art Gallery, Palm Spr<strong>in</strong>gs USA <strong>in</strong> 2019<br />

among many others.<br />



Germany<br />

Philipp Weber is an artist who specializes <strong>in</strong> hyper-realistic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs of women. Born <strong>in</strong> 1974 <strong>in</strong> Rostock, Germany, he lives<br />

and works <strong>in</strong> Kassel and Berl<strong>in</strong>. He takes <strong>in</strong>spiration from books,<br />

movies, other fellow artists, and creative people, as well as their life<br />

stories, their dreams, and aspirations. Us<strong>in</strong>g super-realistic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

techniques, Philipp presents beautiful young women <strong>in</strong><br />

a variety of contexts. The physical expressiveness of<br />

the pa<strong>in</strong>ted - their posture and facial expressions - is<br />

expanded <strong>by</strong> motifs from art history and popular<br />

culture, the symbolism of Christianity, but also <strong>by</strong><br />

elementary carriers of mean<strong>in</strong>g such as water as<br />

a symbol of life par excellence. One can’t tell his<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs apart from a photograph at first glance.<br />

However, even though the artist’s works look like<br />

they’re taken straight from a fashion magaz<strong>in</strong>e, the<br />

portraits are actually full of t<strong>in</strong>y details and imperfections<br />

that make them much more realistic and human.<br />

Philipp creates only 1-2 pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs per year as his<br />

technique is very delicate and f<strong>in</strong>e, so every<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g takes a lot of time to create. He has<br />

been selected and supported as one of the best<br />

masters <strong>in</strong> this genre <strong>by</strong> the IBEX collection<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce 2017.<br />



Russia<br />

Poluyanskaya Elizaveta is a Russian artist who<br />

specializes <strong>in</strong> photorealistic art. Her art is<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> the people and faces around<br />

her and the ones she comes across while surf<strong>in</strong>g<br />

through social media or flipp<strong>in</strong>g through<br />

magaz<strong>in</strong>es. Portraits is what she focuses on<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ly. She draws portraits with sheer perfection,<br />

tak<strong>in</strong>g the time out to focus on every t<strong>in</strong>y detail<br />

of her artwork. Poluyanskaya’s message to fellow<br />

artists is, “Anyth<strong>in</strong>g is possible if you work hard.”<br />

The persistence to achieve her goals is someth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

she takes pride <strong>in</strong>. She believes that art enlightens<br />

everyone around and helps to create a magnificent<br />

world of imag<strong>in</strong>ation and color. Art helps <strong>in</strong><br />

spiritual connection and makes a person th<strong>in</strong>k<br />

out of the box.<br />


RAFA TOM<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Rafa Tom is a f<strong>in</strong>e art professional and art educator based <strong>in</strong> the UAE. Born<br />

and raised <strong>in</strong> Tripoli, Lebanon, she got attracted to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and art at an<br />

early age and later ref<strong>in</strong>ed her skills <strong>by</strong> jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the highly regarded F<strong>in</strong>e Art<br />

College at the Lebanese University. While at university, she embarked on study<strong>in</strong>g<br />

many art techniques like modern art, classic art, abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, landscapes,<br />

compositions, portraits, still live, etc. Her preferred materials and mediums to work<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude oil, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, charcoal, mixed media textures,<br />

and <strong>in</strong>k. Rafa lived <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles and Canada for many years before<br />

she relocated to Saudi Arabia where she worked as a director<br />

of the F<strong>in</strong>e Art program at <strong>in</strong>ternational schools <strong>in</strong> Riyadh.<br />

While liv<strong>in</strong>g there, her passion for horses deepened and her<br />

equestrian work <strong>in</strong>creased. She did solo art exhibitions and<br />

sold most of her works to high-level officials. She moved<br />

to Dubai <strong>in</strong> 2006 and s<strong>in</strong>ce then has worked as a freelance<br />

artist produc<strong>in</strong>g artworks and participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> different<br />

art exhibitions <strong>in</strong> and outside the UAE. She was awarded<br />

Art Ambassador for the year 2021 represent<strong>in</strong>g Lebanon/<br />

Canada <strong>by</strong> Art Connoisseurs from Rome Italy, the Dubai<br />

Golden Visa from Dubai Cultural and Arts Authorities <strong>in</strong> 2021,<br />

the Art Olympic Medal and prize 2021 from Rome Italy and<br />

the Leonardo Da V<strong>in</strong>ci Prize and Award <strong>2022</strong> Borghese Palace<br />

from Florence Italy. Her recent exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude Gibran<br />

Khalil Gibran Art Exhibition at House Of Wisdom Sharjah<br />

2021, ADIHEX 2021 Abu Dhabi, Budapest Art Exhibition<br />

at P<strong>in</strong>ter Gallery, Venice Art exhibition at Palazo Albrizi<br />

Capello, Rome Art fair, Luxembourg Art fair, QIAF Qatar<br />

International Art Fair 2021 among many others.<br />


“Every child is an<br />

artist. The problem<br />

is how to rema<strong>in</strong> an<br />

artist once he<br />

grows up.”<br />

Pablo Picasso<br />



Colombia<br />

Rafael Antonio Fonseca Acevedo was born <strong>in</strong> Bogotá, Colombia on<br />

May 17 <strong>in</strong> 1988. He is a truly exceptional hyperrealist artist. At an<br />

early age, he showed an <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>g, where he explored<br />

various techniques and materials, especially graphite. In his last years<br />

of Architecture, he decided to return to his passion for draw<strong>in</strong>g and art,<br />

thus discover<strong>in</strong>g a revolutionary pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g tool, the art of the airbrush. He<br />

tra<strong>in</strong>ed as a self-taught artist of airbrush pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, develop<strong>in</strong>g his artistic<br />

proposals and its deterioration through human history, with a touch<br />

of magical realism and critical perspective. Rafael currently focuses<br />

on sett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

childhood as the ma<strong>in</strong> theme of his work. In<br />

2015 he received International recognition, when<br />

his<br />

work was selected <strong>in</strong> the German<br />

magaz<strong>in</strong>e Step <strong>by</strong> Step (2015) Spanish<br />

version, also be<strong>in</strong>g on the cover<br />

(2018) for the same magaz<strong>in</strong>e with<br />

his work El Colombiano for the<br />

English version <strong>in</strong> the USA and<br />

an article <strong>in</strong> the German version.<br />

GRAU Prize for the Arts 2018<br />

Homage to Women. August 14 2018,<br />

Honorable Mention Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Mode of<br />

the 2018 Grand Prize for the Arts with<br />

the Work Yearn<strong>in</strong>gs. Rafa currently<br />

sells and exhibits his works of art <strong>in</strong><br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore, Colombia, México and the<br />

United States.<br />



RAJAN<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Raisa Mariam Rajan is an Indian artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE who started her journey as an artist <strong>by</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>g portraits, glass pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

sketches, and acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs on canvas. It later became a space to experiment with different medium and textures on various<br />

surfaces. Be<strong>in</strong>g an Architect, she look forward to implement her artworks to enhance the space designed for clients. For Raisa,<br />

art is a powerful medium to express herself. Through her works, she focuses on mak<strong>in</strong>g strong statements on society, life, and the<br />

events that happen around her. Raisa is also an art teacher and has been acclaimed for her role <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g not only the artistic<br />

talents <strong>in</strong> her students but also their lives <strong>in</strong> a positive way. Raisa has many national and <strong>in</strong>ternational art exhibitions to her credit<br />

which <strong>in</strong>clude World Art Dubai and Qatar International Art Festival. She has been to the Montenegro Art Residency Program and<br />

is prepar<strong>in</strong>g for an art residency program <strong>in</strong> Europe. Her directorial venture named “The Journey of Jawhara”, an artistic journey<br />

through the history of UAE, which she pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong> collaboration with artist friend, Jasm<strong>in</strong>e Mohammad Rizwi has been unveiled<br />

<strong>in</strong> DIFC, Dubai as part of the National Day celebrations. She also successfully participated <strong>in</strong> the Live Art organized <strong>in</strong> the Indian<br />

Pavilion of Expo 2020. Raisa cont<strong>in</strong>ues her artistic journey with zest and believes that it is <strong>in</strong> the art that the future of the world lies.<br />



Iran<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1976 <strong>in</strong> Shiraz, a town to the southwest of Iran, Raoof<br />

Haghighi grew up <strong>in</strong> a family of artists. He is a self-taught versatile<br />

artist who has participated <strong>in</strong> over 70 groups and 40 solo shows<br />

<strong>in</strong> the United States, France, Iran, Spa<strong>in</strong>, the Czech Republic, and the<br />

United K<strong>in</strong>gdom. His pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are mostly oil on canvas and built upon<br />

his strong cultural traditions as well as his <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> the chang<strong>in</strong>g<br />

world of today. His work often comb<strong>in</strong>es contemporary ideas with<br />

traditional techniques. In his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, he has quite often questioned<br />

the attitudes, fears, conflicts, <strong>in</strong>compatibilities, and unwritten rules<br />

which have formed our environment and our<br />

behavior with<strong>in</strong> it. Raoof’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are <strong>in</strong><br />

varied personal collections worldwide notably<br />

<strong>in</strong> Spa<strong>in</strong>, Ch<strong>in</strong>a, Denmark, Thailand, France,<br />

the United K<strong>in</strong>gdom, and the USA. In 2017,<br />

he was crowned the w<strong>in</strong>ner of the Gold<br />

Memorial Bowl award for best m<strong>in</strong>iature work<br />

appo<strong>in</strong>tive <strong>by</strong> the Royal Society of M<strong>in</strong>iature<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>ters, w<strong>in</strong>ner of The Mundy Sovereign<br />

Portrait Award 2019, and also the w<strong>in</strong>ner of<br />

two awards for best pure colored pencil<br />

and nice art award for the best different<br />

subject at Annual UK colored Pencil<br />

Society Open International Exhibition.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Sacha Jafri is a contemporary British artist, humanitarian, philanthropist, educator, and world record holder based <strong>in</strong> the UAE. His pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

‘Journey of Humanity’, which sold for $62M, became the second most expensive pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g ever sold <strong>by</strong> a liv<strong>in</strong>g artist with profits be<strong>in</strong>g donated<br />

to Sacha’s chosen charity beneficiaries <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g UNICEF, UNESCO, and the Global Gift Foundation. Sacha also holds the world record for the<br />

most amount of open edition NFTs sold <strong>in</strong> under a m<strong>in</strong>ute, with a stagger<strong>in</strong>g $2M sold <strong>in</strong> under 45 seconds. His latest projects <strong>in</strong>clude the first official<br />

artwork on the moon entitled ‘We Rise Together – with the Light of the Moon.’ He will contribute a certa<strong>in</strong> percentage of the funds raised through<br />

this project to charities for humanitarian causes, focus<strong>in</strong>g on the 4 major issues we have on hand i.e Education, Equality, Susta<strong>in</strong>ability, and Health.<br />

Another project of Sacha is the first-ever live creation on the Burj Al Arab helipad celebrat<strong>in</strong>g UNESCO’s 50th anniversary of the World Heritage<br />

Sites. His work has been shown <strong>in</strong> the most prom<strong>in</strong>ent Art Institutions of the World exhibit<strong>in</strong>g alongside Picasso, Warhol, Hockney, Matisse, Miro,<br />

Koons, Banksy, Freud, Basquiat, Pollock etc, with him recently be<strong>in</strong>g elevated <strong>in</strong>to the ArtWorld’s Elite as the youngest artist <strong>in</strong> history to be offered<br />

a museum-based 20 Year retrospective world tour, due to visit 35 cities <strong>in</strong> 28 countries from <strong>2022</strong>-2024.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Dr. Sana Bedar (Sana Sajan) is an Indian orig<strong>in</strong> modern<br />

contemporary and Islamic calligraphy artist based <strong>in</strong> the<br />

UAE. Hav<strong>in</strong>g a vast knowledge of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, materials, and<br />

styles, her collection of artworks is a blend of beautiful shades and<br />

she primarily uses acrylic and mixed media for her art. It is not<br />

every day that you come across a doctor-turned philanthropist and<br />

then an artist who uses her creativity for a cause dear to her heart.<br />

Realiz<strong>in</strong>g that her art could be used to support Thalassemia patients<br />

as well as spread awareness about it, Dr. Sana decided to start an<br />

annual art exhibition - ALIF Art Festival. Alif is a motivational event<br />

for the patients who participate enthusiastically, for the artists who<br />

come to a brilliant platform to share their art, and the attendees who<br />

share the magic of art for a cause. In addition, Sana is also an avid<br />

Urdu Literature reader, who is <strong>in</strong> the process of launch<strong>in</strong>g her own<br />

book which is an anthology that compiles the works of the maestros<br />

of Urdu poetry. Her maverick collections have been auctioned <strong>in</strong><br />


Dubai at various events and even privately.<br />

● Her awards and accolades <strong>in</strong>clude Brand<br />

Ambassador for Global Goals World Cup<br />

for women<br />

● Panel member for Women Empowerment –<br />

Skyl<strong>in</strong>e University College<br />

● President of the EVFI Ladies W<strong>in</strong>g<br />

● Board member of NF<br />

● Featured on GenNext Volume 2<br />

● Super 100 women’s achievers <strong>in</strong> MENA<br />

● Panel member for IBPC<br />

● Brand Ambassador for Dubai Women’s Run 2018<br />

● Award for Best CSR Program <strong>by</strong> National treasure<br />

award – 2018<br />

● Brand Ambassador for Global Goals World cup 2.<br />

● Dr. Sana Sajan is a TED Speaker as well.<br />





United Arab Emirates<br />

SPACE<br />

Savita Malik is an Indian self-taught artist who is based <strong>in</strong> the UAE. She studied pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and earned a professional diploma <strong>in</strong> 3D graphics<br />

from MAYA. Color has <strong>in</strong>trigued her s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood and has always provided her with contentment and happ<strong>in</strong>ess. Though her parents<br />

weren’t very supportive of her art she always kept her brushes and pa<strong>in</strong>ts to express herself on canvas. Savita began pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g s<strong>in</strong>ce her<br />

early childhood days and has cont<strong>in</strong>ued to explore herself ever s<strong>in</strong>ce through colors, emotions, and experiences. Acrylic, watercolors, charcoal,<br />

coffee are the few mediums that she works on to express herself on canvas. Although she uses vibrant colors, she mostly does impression and<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e art. Be<strong>in</strong>g an ardent follower of Art of Liv<strong>in</strong>g, she did a couple of courses <strong>in</strong> it and and organized some <strong>in</strong> Delhi, Kenya and Nigeria. Yoga and<br />

meditation gives her new thoughts, ideas and a peaceful m<strong>in</strong>d to work on. For her, spirituality is the way of life. Savita’s exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude Art<br />

Mall Gallery Delhi Stree <strong>in</strong> 2008 & 2009, Art Mall On Spot <strong>in</strong> 2011, Galleries Indraprastha <strong>in</strong> 2011, Yaya Centre Nairobi Kenya <strong>in</strong> 2015 and Art of<br />

Liv<strong>in</strong>g Bangalore - Colour of Spirituality <strong>in</strong> 2016.<br />



PURITY<br />




SERGEY<br />


Ukra<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Sergey Piskunov is a Ukra<strong>in</strong>ian pa<strong>in</strong>ter passionately committed to explor<strong>in</strong>g the core pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of hyperrealism to redef<strong>in</strong>e the genre with<br />

his breathtak<strong>in</strong>g works. The artist creates a stunn<strong>in</strong>g anthology of works that he sees as a “burst of emotion”, forc<strong>in</strong>g him to turn his soul<br />

<strong>in</strong>side out and leave it on the canvas. Hav<strong>in</strong>g a true passion for draw<strong>in</strong>g s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood, he was always scribbl<strong>in</strong>g over everyth<strong>in</strong>g he found<br />

<strong>in</strong> front of him be it notebooks or school desks. Many of Sergey’s works depict an <strong>in</strong>timate connection to women. By record<strong>in</strong>g their stories and<br />

experiences visually <strong>in</strong> his work, he documents the glory, strength, and fragility of women and gives them significance, acknowledg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the beauty, melancholy, and history. Today, his works testify his talent not only <strong>in</strong> Ukra<strong>in</strong>e but also <strong>in</strong> Germany, Great Brita<strong>in</strong>, the<br />

USA, Switzerland, and many other countries. With strong determ<strong>in</strong>ation, Sergey cont<strong>in</strong>uously pushes himself on his path and<br />

embodies new ideas <strong>in</strong>to magnificent pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />



United K<strong>in</strong>gdom<br />

Sophie Green is a British artist resid<strong>in</strong>g currently <strong>in</strong> England<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g the trends of conservation and wildlife art. She is an<br />

artist who specializes <strong>in</strong> Photorealism. Nature is someth<strong>in</strong>g close<br />

to her heart as she believes that nature’s brilliant glories enchant<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividuals and wake up a special bond that has been established way<br />

back<br />

<strong>by</strong> the creator. Sophie’s art aims to raise awareness<br />

and money for important conservational causes<br />

and endangered species, a very <strong>in</strong>novative and<br />

thoughtful way to save lives of endangered<br />

species and spread awareness. Sophie donates<br />

10% of all her profits and the profits of her<br />

company, Art Basket, to conservation and<br />

wildlife charities. She is a proud member<br />

of the <strong>Artists</strong> for Conservation group and<br />

regularly donates artwork and money to help<br />

conservational efforts. She was shortlisted for<br />

several awards and won the People’s Choice<br />

award <strong>in</strong> 2020. Her message to the fellow<br />

artisans is, “Keep pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, draw<strong>in</strong>g, and<br />

sculpt<strong>in</strong>g. Even if nobody is buy<strong>in</strong>g<br />

your art, rema<strong>in</strong> true to your<br />

mission and your passion and<br />

rem<strong>in</strong>d yourself why you are<br />

do<strong>in</strong>g it every day. Once you<br />

are <strong>in</strong> alignment <strong>in</strong> this way,<br />

everyth<strong>in</strong>g else will flow.”<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Soumya Shree is an Indian artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE who specializes<br />

<strong>in</strong> ancient Indian Rural Art forms. Her <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> art found its<br />

way at a very early age which led her to pursue a diploma <strong>in</strong> the<br />

same. She developed keen <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> Indian Traditional Art forms<br />

depict<strong>in</strong>g the essence of Indian culture & heritage and her specialization<br />

encompass ancient Indian rural art forms. She believes that art has the<br />

capacity to move people and create a last<strong>in</strong>g impact on <strong>in</strong>dividuals, and<br />

noth<strong>in</strong>g could do it better than a simple Folk Art. To the<br />

layman, the unique and the most unusual Warli tribal<br />

art forms of India, may not be more than just an<br />

eye-catch<strong>in</strong>g stick figures pa<strong>in</strong>ted <strong>in</strong> white on red<br />

ochre background, but a closer look will tell you<br />

that there’s more to Warli than what meets the eye.<br />

The pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is not just an art but it’s an emblematic<br />

expression of day-to-day experiences and beliefs.<br />

Although Soumya works with different medium<br />

and art styles, her work breath’s life <strong>in</strong>to<br />

Indian folk art, culture & heritage. She has<br />

participated <strong>in</strong> over 15 group exhibitions.<br />

She has been a part of art and craft exhibits<br />

at various platforms, she was one among the<br />

Top 9 selected artists <strong>in</strong> the celebration and<br />

commemoration of 75 years of progressive<br />

Indian Consulate General of India Dubai.<br />

Her recent exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude Qatar<br />

International Art Festival, some onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

exhibitions and World Art Dubai.<br />




India<br />

Sujith Puthran is an artist based <strong>in</strong> India who specializes <strong>in</strong> a<br />

variety of art forms such as graphite, charcoal, pastel, colored<br />

pencils, watercolor, acrylic, and oil. He is a sensitive and<br />

<strong>in</strong>trospective artist with a penchant for the unusual and thoughtprovok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

image. With<strong>in</strong> the apparent calm and stillness of his<br />

repertoire lie hidden complex psychological elements of perfection,<br />

different facial expressions, and variety of feel<strong>in</strong>gs. Such is the depth of<br />

his understand<strong>in</strong>g, both of sketch<strong>in</strong>g as well as pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Sujith carves<br />

out his private artistic temperament with<strong>in</strong> his figurative art. Be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

amazed <strong>by</strong> portraits made from charcoal he realized that the portraits<br />

made from rich dark shades looked better than pencil portraits which<br />

led him to learn to make portraits from charcoal. Through constant<br />

practice, he explores the world of art and the challenges he faces while<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g it. With every piece of art he creates, his style changes and<br />

grows. Each art piece that he creates has a mean<strong>in</strong>g of its own. Each<br />

piece bears the imprimatur of its maker, yet<br />

all<br />

art spr<strong>in</strong>gs from the same shared creative<br />

impetus.<br />


“When you go out to pa<strong>in</strong>t, try<br />

to forget what objects you have<br />

before you, a tree, a house,<br />

a field, or whatever. Merely<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k, here is a little square of<br />

blue, here an oblong of p<strong>in</strong>k,<br />

here a streak of yellow.”<br />

Claude Monet<br />




United Arab Emirates<br />

Susmitha Dhruva is an Indian artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE who loves to<br />

explore new techniques <strong>in</strong> both traditional and abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g for her is an <strong>in</strong>stant stress buster. She holds a fashion<br />

design<strong>in</strong>g degree from Mysore University and was actively <strong>in</strong>volved as<br />

an eco coord<strong>in</strong>ator <strong>in</strong> one of the S<strong>in</strong>gapore schools where she taught<br />

students to create artwork us<strong>in</strong>g recycled materials. It was only <strong>in</strong><br />

2018 that she took up pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g seriously when she started with an oil<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and s<strong>in</strong>ce then she has never stopped. The<br />

artwork medium that she ma<strong>in</strong>ly focuses on<br />

is alcohol <strong>in</strong>k. Susmitha has participated <strong>in</strong><br />

several art exhibitions across the UAE which<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes Gallery Arabesque, Consulate<br />

General of India, Dubai, and many other<br />

hotels <strong>in</strong> the UAE. She has also participated<br />

<strong>in</strong> the art workshops with the students<br />

of determ<strong>in</strong>ation and people of different<br />

walks of life. Her achievements <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

Emerg<strong>in</strong>gscene art prize 2021, Indradhanush<br />

at Consulate General of Dubai 2021, women <strong>in</strong><br />

art exhibition 2020 which was displayed at the<br />

DIFC ”The cube”, and one of the artwork<br />

was awarded a prize from Indian High<br />

Commission, Abu Dhabi.<br />


TANNAZ<br />


United Arab Emirates<br />

Tannaz Khaleghian is an Iranian artist who is based <strong>in</strong> the UAE s<strong>in</strong>ce 2001. She began her professional art career from the age of 8, be<strong>in</strong>g mentored<br />

<strong>by</strong> some of the best <strong>in</strong>ternationally renowned artists like Abbas Katouzian & Alireza Sadaghdar from Iran. She has mastered the ability to comb<strong>in</strong>e<br />

multiple pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g styles like realism, contemporary & abstract to convey her feel<strong>in</strong>gs through her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, which acknowledges the hardship<br />

that many of us can relate to at the time, which will <strong>in</strong>stantly create an emotional connection with the viewers. Tannaz has won multiple certificates<br />

and awards from solo & group exhibitions <strong>in</strong> Iran, Turkey, Italy, UAE & Switzerland. She has also participated <strong>in</strong> many art exhibitions and solo art<br />

galleries such as Motb, Index, Global Village, 50th National Day art competition <strong>by</strong> ARTOZE, Dubai Art Week, and many other solo art shows <strong>in</strong><br />

the UAE and <strong>in</strong>ternational art competitions like the Istanbul art fair, Helvet Switzerland, art festival Iran and art fes Venice, Italy.<br />



United Arab Emirates<br />

Varsha Sureka is a proactively creative artist, an Indian<br />

National, contribut<strong>in</strong>g to art community <strong>in</strong> Dubai<br />

for 13+ years, with a Masters degree <strong>in</strong> Human<br />

Resource, a mom , a music lover, and highly energetic.<br />

Her love for art emerged right from a very tender age<br />

and it’s been her eternal love s<strong>in</strong>ce then. Varsha<br />

br<strong>in</strong>gs with her a wide range of art forms which<br />

<strong>in</strong>cludes Abstract, Res<strong>in</strong>, Landscape, Mixed<br />

Media, Clay work and so on. With her artforms,<br />

she believes <strong>in</strong> giv<strong>in</strong>g words to the unsaid<br />

enrich<strong>in</strong>g them with life. Her artworks have<br />

been exhibited <strong>in</strong> Major Art Galleries, Hotels,<br />

Malls, locally & <strong>in</strong>ternationally. She has been<br />

<strong>in</strong>vited as a judge and mentor for many<br />

renowned events and competitions.<br />

She loves work<strong>in</strong>g with the NGOs<br />

for the especially abled kids to lift<br />

them up and she stands firm for<br />

Equality. The Cultural diversity<br />

of UAE has always been a strong<br />

area of <strong>in</strong>terest for her and her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs depicts the same. She<br />

has been the most sought-after<br />

artist for “Equality Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs”<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />



South Korea<br />

Young-sung Kim is a hyperrealist from South Korea. Though he<br />

likes experiment<strong>in</strong>g with various forms of art, his ma<strong>in</strong> focus is<br />

on hyperrealism. His artworks aim to focus more on the genre<br />

of hyperrealism because he believes that the people <strong>in</strong> our society<br />

th<strong>in</strong>k of animals and nature as methods of ornament, experiment, and<br />

edibility. However, he pours <strong>in</strong> all his emotions while draw<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g realistic pieces through which he wishes to br<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a change<br />

<strong>in</strong> attitude <strong>in</strong> the society. Young-sung Kim has developed his artistic<br />

career through lots of hard work, research, and study<strong>in</strong>g different types<br />

of arts. His message to all the artists is, “Create th<strong>in</strong>gs that don’t<br />

exist <strong>in</strong> the world. Use your imag<strong>in</strong>ation and leave the world<br />

bewildered with your artwork.”<br />

Nature,<br />

city life, and social media<br />

are the<br />

ma<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>spirations<br />

while<br />

creat<strong>in</strong>g a piece.<br />

He<br />

shows us<br />

that even<br />

the<br />

simplistic<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> our<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs can<br />

be taken and utilized<br />

to put together a<br />

masterpiece.<br />





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