Artists in Focus 2023 - Coffee Table Book by Magzoid Magazine

"Artists in Focus 2023" is an exquisite tribute to 50 exceptional artists from around the globe, including renowned international artists as well as local artists in UAE. It is a celebration of their phenomenal artistic achievements and the remarkable journey that led them there. This opulent coffee table book is a testament to the creativity, dedication, and perseverance of these luminaries in the world of art. The launch of this coffee table book is a significant milestone in recognizing and supporting the creative industry, and it aligns perfectly with the goals of The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries. By showcasing the hard work and talent of these artists, both international and local artists in UAE, we hope to inspire and uplift others in the creative community. Our mission is rooted in four pillars of Creativity, Unity, Innovation, and Upliftment, and this artists' coffee table book exemplifies our commitment to them. Through this publication, we aim to boost the Creative Economy of the UAE and support creatives from all genres who are forging a path towards a bright future. We invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty and inspiration of "Artists in Focus 2023", a must-have coffee table book for art lovers and collectors. It has been our pleasure to create this masterpiece, featuring both international and local artists in UAE, and we hope you will relish reading it as much as we did crafting it.

"Artists in Focus 2023" is an exquisite tribute to 50 exceptional artists from around the globe, including renowned international artists as well as local artists in UAE. It is a celebration of their phenomenal artistic achievements and the remarkable journey that led them there. This opulent coffee table book is a testament to the creativity, dedication, and perseverance of these luminaries in the world of art.

The launch of this coffee table book is a significant milestone in recognizing and supporting the creative industry, and it aligns perfectly with the goals of The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries. By showcasing the hard work and talent of these artists, both international and local artists in UAE, we hope to inspire and uplift others in the creative community.

Our mission is rooted in four pillars of Creativity, Unity, Innovation, and Upliftment, and this artists' coffee table book exemplifies our commitment to them. Through this publication, we aim to boost the Creative Economy of the UAE and support creatives from all genres who are forging a path towards a bright future.

We invite you to immerse yourself in the beauty and inspiration of "Artists in Focus 2023", a must-have coffee table book for art lovers and collectors. It has been our pleasure to create this masterpiece, featuring both international and local artists in UAE, and we hope you will relish reading it as much as we did crafting 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 thrilled to announce the second edition of “<strong>Artists</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Focus</strong> <strong>2023</strong>”, a book dedicated<br />

to recogniz<strong>in</strong>g and support<strong>in</strong>g the exceptional work of artists. Our goal is to showcase the hard work and<br />

dedication of these artists, who are driv<strong>in</strong>g a positive change towards a better future.<br />

As the lead<strong>in</strong>g luxury magaz<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> the creative <strong>in</strong>dustry of MENA, we are committed to support<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

grow<strong>in</strong>g the creative economy. Our mission is to build a community of creatives from all genres, who will pave<br />

the way for an exceptional future, based on the four pillars of Creativity, Unity, Innovation, and Upliftment.<br />

With these values, we are confident <strong>in</strong> br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g revolutioniz<strong>in</strong>g ideas and changes that will have a positive<br />

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

We have handpicked 50 artists who are featured <strong>in</strong> this book, curated to showcase their unique talents and<br />

creativity. <strong>Magzoid</strong> Magaz<strong>in</strong>e is proud to have started its journey <strong>in</strong> the UAE, and we credit our success to the<br />

vision and support of the country’s leadership.<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<br />

Ruler of Dubai.<br />

Dubai Creative Economy Strategy aims to transform the emirate <strong>in</strong>to an <strong>in</strong>ternational dest<strong>in</strong>ation for<br />

creativity and the capital of the creative economy <strong>by</strong> 2025. With our current <strong>in</strong>itiatives, we aim to lead the<br />

physical and digital forefront of the creative community of the UAE, both now and <strong>in</strong> the future. We hope you<br />

enjoy read<strong>in</strong>g this book as much as we enjoyed mak<strong>in</strong>g it, and we look forward to cont<strong>in</strong>u<strong>in</strong>g our support of<br />

the creative <strong>in</strong>dustry.<br />


A<br />

12-13 | ANDREA CLAGUE<br />

14-15 | ARTIST ROBOT AI-DA<br />


18-19 | ALBERT KIEFER<br />

B<br />

20-21 | BALA NIVETHA<br />

22-23 | BATHMAWATHY G<br />

C<br />


26-27 | CAMELIA MOHEBI<br />

D<br />

30-31 | DR. AJIT GADEKAR<br />

32-33 | DEBBIE WINGHAM<br />

34-35 | DAVID DJIANGO<br />

36-37 | DYLAN GILL<br />

F<br />

38-39 | FAZEL SHAMS<br />

10 - 11 | LEONARDO<br />


28 - 29 | VINCENT<br />


H<br />

40-41 | HASSAN RAGAB<br />

I<br />

42-43 | IGOR DUBOVOY<br />

44-45 | IRINA KUKRUSOVA<br />

46-47 | IVAN VALACHOVIC<br />

48-49 | ISMAIL KHAYAT<br />

50-51 | IRA VOLKOVA<br />

J<br />


56-57 | JAVID TABATABAEI<br />

K<br />


60-61 | KALOPSIA WIZ<br />

62-63 | KELLY EDEN<br />

L<br />

64-65 | LABIBA FERHAT<br />

66-67 | LINA REDFORD<br />


M<br />

68-69 | MAHFUZUR RAHMAN<br />


72-73 | MALINI KARANI<br />

74-75 | MAISOON AL-RUBEAI<br />

76-77 | MARIA VASILEVA<br />

78-79 | MARINA CHISTY<br />

80-81 | MATT GONDEK<br />

N<br />

84-87 | NADA AL BARAZI<br />

O<br />

88-89 | OUMAIMA CHOUA<br />

P<br />

90-91 | PRANOTI KARAJGI<br />

92-93 | PETER TERRIN<br />

94-95 | PETTERSON SILVA<br />

52 - 53 | MICHELANGELO<br />

-QUOTE<br />

100-101 | RAFA TOM<br />

102-103 | RAFAEL ANTONIO<br />

104-105 | ROHITH RAO<br />

S<br />

108-109 | SHEIDA ABDOLRAZAGH<br />

110-111 | SHAY<br />

112-113 | SALWA SAEED ABEL GHANI<br />

114-115 | SAMIA SALEH<br />

116-117 | SIMONA CONSTANTIN<br />

118-119 | STEPHANIE BRIDGET<br />

V<br />

120-121 | VARSHA SUREKA<br />

106 - 107 | CLAUDE<br />


R<br />

96-97 | RABAB TANTAWY<br />

98-99 | RAISA MARIAM RAJAN<br />

82 -83 | PABLO<br />



“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 />



Andrea Clague<br />

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

Andrea Orr Clague was traditionally tra<strong>in</strong>ed at<br />

Pensacola Christian College and graduated with a<br />

Master of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts degree <strong>in</strong> 2009. She is a member<br />

of the Oil Pa<strong>in</strong>ters of America and the Missouri Valley<br />

Impressionist Society. She was selected for Southwest Art<br />

Magaz<strong>in</strong>e’s annual “21 Under 31” feature, and her artwork was<br />

displayed on the issue’s cover.<br />

“My work reveals my fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with light and the elusive<br />

beauty it bestows upon seem<strong>in</strong>gly ord<strong>in</strong>ary objects” says Andrea.<br />

Andrea is<br />

thankful for the ability to pa<strong>in</strong>t and counts<br />

it a gift<br />

from her Heavenly Father. “As I develop<br />

my<br />

art, I aspire to glorify God and draw<br />

others to see His goodness and the<br />

wonder of his love” says Andrea.<br />

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Andrea’s work has received many<br />

awards <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Grand Prize at<br />

the 2012 Scottsdale Salon at the<br />

Legacy Gallery <strong>in</strong> Scottsdale, Arizona.<br />

Her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs have been displayed <strong>in</strong><br />

various venues, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the Butler<br />

Institute of American Art <strong>in</strong><br />

Youngstown, OH, the Albrecht<br />

Kemper Museum <strong>in</strong> St. Joseph,<br />

MO, and the Moscow Manege.<br />

“As I develop my art, I aspire<br />

to glorify God and draw others<br />

to see His goodness and the<br />

wonder of his love” says<br />



Artist Robot AI-DA<br />

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

AI-DA, also known as the Artist<br />

Robot, is a highly advanced,<br />

ultra-realistic robot that has<br />

been designed to create art.<br />

Equipped with artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence, she<br />

is able to communicate and <strong>in</strong>teract with<br />

humans <strong>in</strong> a highly sophisticated manner.<br />

Her artworks, whether they are on canvas<br />

or sculptures, utilize AI algorithms to<br />

comment on the current and future use of<br />

technology.<br />

To date, AI-DA has received much<br />

attention, showcas<strong>in</strong>g her works <strong>in</strong> various<br />

exhibitions such as the Tate Modern Exchange,<br />

Ashmolean Museum, TEDx, at the Great Pyramids<br />

of Giza, Abu Dhabi Art and most recently at the<br />

Pavillion Exhibition dur<strong>in</strong>g the Venice Biennale.<br />



Aakanksha Kshatriya<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Aakanksha is an emerg<strong>in</strong>g artist based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, known for her fusion<br />

of contemporary fluid art and ancient Indo-Asian mysticism. Her<br />

bold and vibrant use of colors and unique patterns created with<br />

acrylics, alcohol <strong>in</strong>ks, and res<strong>in</strong> have ga<strong>in</strong>ed her recognition and<br />

appreciation <strong>in</strong> the art world.<br />

“Aakanksha” means ambitious desire and “Kshatriya” is a term used to def<strong>in</strong>e<br />

a person who holds the heat of a queen and the courage of a warrior. These<br />

qualities are imbibed <strong>in</strong> AK, mak<strong>in</strong>g her a fearless artist,<br />

<strong>in</strong> pursuit of the purest yet grandest expression of<br />

art – flow.<br />

Aakanksha’s work evokes a sense of peace,<br />

harmony, and positive energy, promot<strong>in</strong>g these<br />

qualities and help<strong>in</strong>g people realize their div<strong>in</strong>e<br />

purpose. Branded as “Art <strong>by</strong> AK,” Aakanksha’s<br />

first piece, Sky flow, was released <strong>in</strong> 2022,<br />

and s<strong>in</strong>ce then, her artistic journey has been<br />

noth<strong>in</strong>g short of a miracle. Her work has been<br />

showcased at various art exhibitions and events<br />

<strong>in</strong> Dubai, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the “Ekta’23” and “World<br />

art Dubai” exhibitions. These exhibitions have<br />

helped her ga<strong>in</strong> more recognition and opened up<br />

opportunities for her to connect with other artists and<br />

enthusiasts.<br />

She is determ<strong>in</strong>ed to use this platform to uplift<br />

society through creative transformation.<br />

“Inspired <strong>by</strong> the flow of nature, the colours<br />

of the sun, the peace of water, the freshness<br />

of ra<strong>in</strong> drops and the wildness of thunder<br />

- Art<strong>by</strong>AK is an expression of the purity of<br />

life force - the flow that br<strong>in</strong>gs us peace,”<br />

says Aakanksha.<br />



Albert Kiefer<br />

Brazil<br />

Self-taught digital artist Albert Kiefer has made the decision to return<br />

to draw<strong>in</strong>g as well. He creates artistic impressions and visualisations<br />

for bus<strong>in</strong>ess and governmental clients dur<strong>in</strong>g the day. From items<br />

to historical reconstructions of structures and complexes, these<br />

representations cover a wide variety.<br />

He has experience as a skilled digital artist and has also studied conventional<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and sketch<strong>in</strong>g. He became a perfectionist over time as a result of his<br />

computer work, and for many years he completely abandoned traditional work<br />

methods. He put off mak<strong>in</strong>g that choice for a very long time<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce his perfectionism prevented him from us<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

traditional draw<strong>in</strong>g skills once more.<br />

At the start of his draw<strong>in</strong>g journey, that was utterly<br />

unclear. When he had to choose a subject to sketch,<br />

that quickly became an issue because he wanted to<br />

create a new sketch every day! Be<strong>in</strong>g a computer artist,<br />

he spends a lot of the day sitt<strong>in</strong>g down.<br />

He calls his aesthetic and writ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

approach “visual writ<strong>in</strong>g.” When he is<br />

lay<strong>in</strong>g down the l<strong>in</strong>ework, he simply<br />

moves his f<strong>in</strong>el<strong>in</strong>ers <strong>in</strong> a nearly<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>uous flow. He doesn’t want<br />

to go too literal because that<br />

would slow him down and<br />

make th<strong>in</strong>gs sluggish.<br />



Bala Nivetha<br />

India<br />

The Artist Bala Nivetha was born and brought up <strong>in</strong> Tamil Nadu, India. Ever<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood, she has been <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> arts and crafts, which made her<br />

choose fashion design as her major <strong>in</strong> college, and she later graduated with<br />

her master’s <strong>in</strong> fashion design. Bala knew she always wanted to<br />

do someth<strong>in</strong>g creative. But life got <strong>in</strong> the way when she took a break<br />

once she began busily support<strong>in</strong>g her husband’s bus<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

“Tak<strong>in</strong>g art as a profession started dur<strong>in</strong>g my post-graduation<br />

days when I used to market and sell my handcrafted products, like<br />

personalized gifts and jewelry, via Facebook,” says Bala.<br />

The 2020 COVID-19 outbreak and the<br />

quarant<strong>in</strong>e period gave her the moment to<br />

reflect, which reignited her passion for<br />

her art career, and then the Instagram<br />

platform allowed her to do just that.<br />

After the COVID-19 pandemic, Bala<br />

became an art educator, teach<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

students art styles such as acrylic<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, mandalas, and res<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Her current <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> sculpture<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g techniques led her to<br />

<strong>in</strong>clude them <strong>in</strong> her sessions.<br />

“To teach art has been a newfound<br />

passion - for the past couple of years,<br />

and it feels even more joyful to<br />

transform the magic I know to others<br />

as well. To see someone, enjoy the same th<strong>in</strong>g<br />

that I do is a bless<strong>in</strong>g. Interact<strong>in</strong>g with new<br />

people and exchang<strong>in</strong>g ideas and perspectives on art<br />

is someth<strong>in</strong>g beautiful,” says Bala.<br />

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Bathmawathy G<br />

India<br />

Bathmawathy is a self-taught 19 years old wildlife artist from<br />

Coimbatore, India. Dur<strong>in</strong>g the Covid outbreak, she found her<br />

passion for art and specializes <strong>in</strong> oil pa<strong>in</strong>t, acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>t, res<strong>in</strong>,<br />

pastels, charcoal, and gold leaf. Bathmawathy creates art to raise<br />

awareness about the importance of preserv<strong>in</strong>g wildlife<br />

and their habitats, captur<strong>in</strong>g the emotion of each<br />

creature through their eyes. She has won numerous<br />

awards for her artwork, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the Gold Medal<br />

Award <strong>in</strong> the FAG International art competition,<br />

Bronze Award <strong>in</strong> the Camelback gallery ‘Into the<br />

Wild’ competition, and the Special Recognition<br />

Award <strong>in</strong> the Light Space Time ‘11th Nature’ Art<br />

Competition, among others. Bathmawathy has also<br />

been featured <strong>in</strong> the Top 100 artists worldwide <strong>in</strong><br />

the Hashtag Kalakar Art Competition. Bathmawathy<br />

believes that animals are often neglected and hunted<br />

down for their parts or lose their homes due<br />

to human <strong>in</strong>terference and negligence.<br />

Through her art, she br<strong>in</strong>gs these<br />

creatures to life on the canvas,<br />

demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g their beauty and<br />

importance to the world.<br />

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“I have always been fasc<strong>in</strong>ated<br />

<strong>by</strong> wildlife and chose to become<br />

a Wildlife artist to create<br />

awareness about these amaz<strong>in</strong>g<br />

be<strong>in</strong>gs,” says Bathmawathy


Christiane Vleugels<br />

Belgium<br />

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Christiane Vleugels is a Belgian artist who is recognized<br />

for her hyper-realistic approach. Her stunn<strong>in</strong>g images<br />

enthrall and allow us to share <strong>in</strong> a powerful emotional<br />

experience. Her work represents the worldview and<br />

sympathy for her subjects, particularly those who cannot speak for<br />

themselves, such as traumatized women, her bereaved father, or<br />

even animals.<br />

Although her art is classified as hyperrealism, a closer<br />

exam<strong>in</strong>ation reveals that there is much more beyond the<br />

surface of the perfect models she pa<strong>in</strong>ts. Not only does she<br />

adore the subject, which began typically as photographs<br />

of her girls, she also adores the feel<strong>in</strong>g of an ethereal<br />

ambiance that oozes dramatic beauty and splendor.<br />

Women who are wounded, powerful, glamorous,<br />

seductive, pensive have proven to be an endless source<br />

of <strong>in</strong>spiration for her. She represents them <strong>in</strong> a hyperrealistic<br />

way, occasionally with a t<strong>in</strong>ge of magic to br<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the viewer further <strong>in</strong>to the physical or conceptual<br />

realm of her work.<br />

Christiane’s art has progressed from romantic<br />

pictures to animal portraits to images with a deeper<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>g throughout time. She traveled to Germany<br />

where she saw an opportunity to expose her art<br />

widely. Her works have been exhibited <strong>in</strong> Egypt and<br />

the United K<strong>in</strong>gdom, among other places. She now<br />

works completely for ‘IbexMasters,’ an art collective<br />

dedicated to assist<strong>in</strong>g exceptional artists. This<br />

sponsorship allowed her to cont<strong>in</strong>ue to develop and<br />

work with professional models.


Camelia Mohebi<br />

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

Camelia Mohebi is a visual artist, designer, director and<br />

entrepreneur. camelia draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from people, senses and<br />

the subconscious/emotional m<strong>in</strong>d. She first started express<strong>in</strong>g<br />

herself through art <strong>by</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>g people and faces.<br />

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In comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g her knowledge of art, broad life experiences and<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g of the human psyche, she creates unique<br />

pieces that make one ponder crucial elements of<br />

psychology, theology, physics and metaphysics.<br />

Camelia often generates art — be it digitally, on<br />

canvas, leather, velvet, wood and mixed medium<br />

— us<strong>in</strong>g acoustic frequencies and sounds.<br />

“Frequencies — created <strong>by</strong> <strong>in</strong>struments of man and<br />

nature — envelop us. How and to what degree these<br />

omitted and received waves affect us is still often<br />

hidden or unknown,” says Camelia<br />

“For a period of two years, I isolated myself from<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>stream media frequency generators and listened<br />

to b<strong>in</strong>aural beats with sublim<strong>in</strong>al messages” says Camelia<br />

and she also mentions how this resulted <strong>in</strong> major<br />

behavioral changes. Before her career as an Emirati<br />

artist, she worked <strong>in</strong> bank<strong>in</strong>g and market<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and had her own children’s brand ba<strong>by</strong>bl<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Camelia was born <strong>in</strong> 1978 and studied <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai, Tehran, Geneva and London. She<br />

holds a BA <strong>in</strong> Visual Communication<br />

m<strong>in</strong>or <strong>in</strong> Illustration and Graphic Design,<br />

and Certificates <strong>in</strong> Neuro-L<strong>in</strong>guistic<br />

Programm<strong>in</strong>g, Theta Heal<strong>in</strong>g and Art<br />



“Great th<strong>in</strong>gs are not done<br />

<strong>by</strong> impulse, but <strong>by</strong> a series<br />

of small th<strong>in</strong>gs brought<br />

together.”<br />

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



Dr. Ajit Gadekar<br />

India<br />

Dr. Ajit Gadekar is an Indian artist<br />

who currently resides <strong>in</strong> the UAE.<br />

He is the head of the division of<br />

neonatology, but he also has a<br />

remarkable talent for landscape pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>in</strong> oil medium. Despite hav<strong>in</strong>g no prior<br />

experience <strong>in</strong> art, Dr. Gadekar accidentally<br />

discovered canvas pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2019 while<br />

explor<strong>in</strong>g digital art and has s<strong>in</strong>ce achieved<br />

remarkable success <strong>in</strong> just a few years.<br />

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His love for nature and its beauty is reflected <strong>in</strong> his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, which are a unique comb<strong>in</strong>ation of realism and a pa<strong>in</strong>terly quality. Dr.<br />

Gadekar spends several days work<strong>in</strong>g on each piece, carefully layer<strong>in</strong>g the pa<strong>in</strong>t to create depth and a sense of three-dimensionality on a<br />

two-dimensional surface. His ultimate goal is to achieve a level of realism that captures the illusion of light, atmosphere, and perspective <strong>in</strong><br />

the natural world.<br />

Dr. Gadekar’s success <strong>in</strong> the art world is especially notable given his demand<strong>in</strong>g profession as a neonatologist. However, he has found a<br />

way to balance his medical work with his artistic pursuits, demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g that it is possible to make time for what matters most.<br />

His pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs have been showcased at prestigious events such as the World Art Dubai exhibition, The Hotel show held at Dubai WTC, and<br />

the Artoze Art competition held <strong>in</strong> Ajman, UAE, where he won the Best Technique award <strong>in</strong> 2021. Dr. Gadekar has also participated <strong>in</strong> various<br />

live pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g events, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the “Wall of the Creatives” at INDEX show 2022 at Dubai World Trade Centre and a live pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g event at the<br />

Consulate General of India <strong>in</strong> Dubai <strong>in</strong> August 2022.<br />

Overall, Dr. Gadekar’s story is an <strong>in</strong>spiration to follow our passions, never stop learn<strong>in</strong>g, and appreciate the beauty and richness of the<br />

world around us. His art is a testament to the beauty of nature and the power of creativity to enrich our lives. Through his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, Dr.<br />

Gadekar hopes to <strong>in</strong>spire others to take a closer look at the world around them and appreciate its wonder and complexity.


Debbie W<strong>in</strong>gham<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

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

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

dubbed as the world’s most expensive black diamond dress.<br />

It was the start of what would become her signature <strong>in</strong> the art<br />

world; diamonds and lots of it. She has released an art collection around<br />

the theme of ‘Time’ that pays homage to Dubai. The oil-pa<strong>in</strong>ted collection,<br />

named ‘Dubai Through the Years’ features<br />

Dubai’s architecture <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g, Dubai Frame,<br />

the Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Creek Tower,<br />

represent<strong>in</strong>g Dubai’s past present, and future.<br />

She took the circular artwork one step further<br />

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

most expensive picture frame <strong>in</strong> the world<br />

currently. Studded with more than 10,000<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividual diamonds, the frame <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

po<strong>in</strong>ter diamonds, white diamonds, and<br />

sapphire, mak<strong>in</strong>g the frame itself 1.5 Million<br />

pounds.<br />

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Debbie debuted her first creation, the<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g Black Diamond dress which broke<br />

records, hailed as the world’s most expensive<br />

dress at the time. At a price po<strong>in</strong>t of £3.5m,<br />

the dress is adorned with 50 two-carat<br />

black diamonds. W<strong>in</strong>gham’s portfolio<br />

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

expensive shoes. Worth Dhs55M, the<br />

diamonds used are quite rare. She has<br />

proved to be a diverse artist who can<br />

make the ord<strong>in</strong>ary <strong>in</strong>to extraord<strong>in</strong>ary<br />

while push<strong>in</strong>g the boundaries of<br />

conventional art.


David Djiango<br />

France<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> January 1991, David Djiango grew up <strong>in</strong> the south of France. It’s <strong>in</strong> this<br />

light-filled place that David becomes passionate about art. He developed his<br />

taste for draw<strong>in</strong>g and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong> particular at the Bô workshop where he<br />

learned the different techniques applied to art: charcoal, pencil, Indian <strong>in</strong>k,<br />

and acrylic.<br />

In 2010, he left his native region, the French Riviera, to settle <strong>in</strong> Paris and began<br />

study<strong>in</strong>g at Penn<strong>in</strong>ghen, a school of <strong>in</strong>terior architecture, design & graphic art. “A<br />

game of contrast<br />

settles between the brightest and most mattified<br />

spaces of my<br />

plot” says David. A year later, conv<strong>in</strong>ced that<br />

the future of<br />

the architectural profession must <strong>in</strong>tegrate<br />

current<br />

ecological issues, David evolves towards an<br />

eco-responsible<br />

architecture.<br />

He designs<br />

materials while<br />

He won his first<br />

Architecture<br />

houses with natural and renewable<br />

preserv<strong>in</strong>g biodiversity and local resources.<br />

student competition at the Ecole Spéciale of<br />

<strong>in</strong> Paris <strong>in</strong> 2015 and carried out with their<br />

workshop his first project composed<br />

exclusively of bamboo <strong>in</strong><br />

Mancora, <strong>in</strong> the north of Peru.<br />

“The multiplication of small<br />

elements together creates an<br />

architecture” says David.<br />



Dylan Gill<br />

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

Dylan Gill is a cubist artist who has def<strong>in</strong>ed cubism through his perspective<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce 1999. He hails from London, United K<strong>in</strong>gdom, and draws <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from the likes of Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger & Marc Chagall.<br />

Gill acquired a passion for art as a child and carried this passion to his<br />

degree from Goldsmiths, the University of London <strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>e<br />

arts. “My work explores the relationship between shape<br />

& colour from my own perception of the world.” says<br />

Dylan.<br />

His work explores the relationship between shapes<br />

and color used to visualize his perception of the<br />

world around him. By do<strong>in</strong>g so, Dylan Gill comb<strong>in</strong>es<br />

abstractism and cubism to create a personal take on<br />

both traditional and modern narratives of social<br />

concepts and general happen<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> the<br />

world.<br />

“Ever s<strong>in</strong>ce I was young I have<br />

been fasc<strong>in</strong>ated <strong>by</strong> human features.<br />

Everybody is unique if you look close<br />

enough.” For Gill, the perception of<br />

shape is a vital component of how<br />

one perceives art. By tapp<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to<br />

that, viewers of his art are left with a<br />

newfound understand<strong>in</strong>g of shapes<br />

and colors.<br />

His works are created with acrylic<br />

on paper. With the <strong>in</strong>ception of NFTs,<br />

he published his works on NFT<br />

platforms like Known Orig<strong>in</strong> and<br />

Manifold NFT to reach a wider<br />

audience.<br />



Fazel Shams<br />

Iran<br />

Fazel Shams is an Iranian calligraphic artist. The artist says “I<br />

discovered Calligraphy as my talent and followed that very<br />

strictly to manifest proper artworks <strong>in</strong> the middle age.” He<br />

says after grow<strong>in</strong>g up struggl<strong>in</strong>g with his other secret talents,<br />

Calligraphy has always had a higher po<strong>in</strong>t, so Fazel determ<strong>in</strong>ed to start<br />

the journey <strong>in</strong> 2018 as a professional Calligrapher. It is <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

know that the artist hasn’t even had a s<strong>in</strong>gle course or coach<strong>in</strong>g related to<br />

this art. “Whatever I learned until today is the result of my self-study<strong>in</strong>g<br />

besides hard practis<strong>in</strong>g,” says the artist. After<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g quite professional art pieces among<br />

art lovers both <strong>in</strong>side and outside of Iran,<br />

Fazel had the golden opportunity to exhibit<br />

his artworks <strong>in</strong> Nicolas Flamel’s gallery<br />

<strong>in</strong> Paris which was a great success. “For<br />

the first time, I produced an artwork for<br />

the face of Rolex as well as Patek Philippe<br />

watches, which can be considered as a<br />

bold activity <strong>in</strong> Iran,” says Fazel who also<br />

owns a permanent exhibition from the<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g, which is why he doesn’t<br />

participate <strong>in</strong> art exhibitions. His<br />

works are well-known both <strong>in</strong><br />

Iran and <strong>in</strong>ternationally.<br />

“For the first time, I produced an<br />

artwork for the face of Rolex as<br />

well as Patek Philippe watches,<br />

which can be considered a bold<br />

activity <strong>in</strong> Iran,” says Fazel<br />



Hassan Ragab<br />

Egypt<br />

Hassan is an Egyptian <strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary designer/artist based <strong>in</strong> southern<br />

California. He holds a bachelor’s degree <strong>in</strong> architectural design and his<br />

experiences vary between Museography, Exhibition design, Computational<br />

design, Furniture design, Architecture and Construction, Digital<br />

Fabrication, and Conceptual art. Alongside his work as a computational designer;<br />

Hassan is currently explor<strong>in</strong>g the digital art scene us<strong>in</strong>g artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence.<br />

Hassan believes creativity is such an <strong>in</strong>tangible phenomenon that one can’t just<br />

p<strong>in</strong>po<strong>in</strong>t a holistic def<strong>in</strong>ition. As human be<strong>in</strong>gs we have always managed to overcome<br />

our limitations with the help of the tools we make;<br />

through an <strong>in</strong>itial understand<strong>in</strong>g of cause and effect<br />

we managed to take pre-exist<strong>in</strong>g elements, and<br />

comb<strong>in</strong>e them <strong>in</strong> novel ways, thus unconsciously<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g the ‘whole more than the sum of its<br />

parts. ‘So, one could argue that creativity is<br />

only a process of a parametric copy-paste;<br />

where new ideas are the process of mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>gful connections of what already<br />

existed.<br />

Hassan’s venture <strong>in</strong>to ai-generated art has<br />

been a fruitful one. Hassan further expresses<br />

that over the past summer, new Ai diffusion<br />

models have become accessible to the public. And<br />

while us<strong>in</strong>g AI tools <strong>in</strong> creat<strong>in</strong>g artwork is caus<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a huge debate over authenticity, ownership, and what<br />

it means to be an artist; Hassan believes these tools are<br />

here to stay as they present the creatives with the unique<br />

opportunity to be able to generate artwork <strong>in</strong> such an<br />

unprecedented method, speed, and context.<br />



Igor Dubovoy<br />

Russia<br />

Igor Dubovoy is an experienced artist from Russia whose pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs have<br />

been featured <strong>in</strong> solo and group exhibitions <strong>in</strong>ternationally. Inspired<br />

<strong>by</strong> his travels, Dubovoy pa<strong>in</strong>ts city scenes and landscapes <strong>in</strong> oil and<br />

watercolor on canvas. “I love to travel and, <strong>in</strong> my works, I reflect the<br />

beauty of the world around us” says Igor.<br />

The artist was born <strong>in</strong> 1972, Moscow, the capital of Russia. He still lives and<br />

works there. His pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are characterized <strong>by</strong> the presence of light and<br />

their realist quality, transport<strong>in</strong>g the viewer to different parts of the world. “I<br />

have no special education <strong>in</strong> Art, but it does not prevent me from lov<strong>in</strong>g art”<br />

says Igor.<br />

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A great number of his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs have scattered around<br />

the world and settled <strong>in</strong> private collections <strong>in</strong> England,<br />

America, Australia and Europe. Igor has participated <strong>in</strong><br />

various exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g 2018 Art Life <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

Art Festival Moscow and 2018 Exhibition <strong>in</strong> Museum of<br />

Russian Art. NY. USA. After the International Exhibition<br />

of Watercolors <strong>in</strong> Fabriano, Italy, his work<br />

was selected for the Fabriano Watercolor<br />

Museum.<br />

In the artist’s op<strong>in</strong>ion the attitude to<br />

watercolor pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, has immensely<br />

changed recently. Igor uses special<br />

watercolor paper of lead<strong>in</strong>g<br />

European manufacturers<br />

for his works. The artist<br />

depicts the world around us<br />

<strong>in</strong> an exceptionally beautiful<br />

manner with his artworks that<br />

are usually oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g or<br />



Ir<strong>in</strong>a Kukrusova<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Ir<strong>in</strong>a Kukrusova is a renowned professional<br />

watercolour artist, with a particular focus on<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g animals us<strong>in</strong>g the alla prima technique,<br />

and soft pastels. She has participated <strong>in</strong><br />

numerous <strong>in</strong>ternational exhibitions and has been<br />

recognized as a laureate for her outstand<strong>in</strong>g work <strong>in</strong><br />

watercolours and pastels.<br />

As a dedicated artist, Ir<strong>in</strong>a f<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> the natural<br />

world and has a deep<br />

connection with animals,<br />

which she considers<br />

her primary subjects.<br />

She believes that the<br />

beauty and majesty of<br />

the animal k<strong>in</strong>gdom<br />

provide endless<br />

opportunities for<br />

creative countries<br />

around the<br />



Ivan Valachovic<br />

Slovakia<br />

Ivan Valachovic, also known as zar4fussion <strong>in</strong> his social media handles,<br />

was born <strong>in</strong> Slovakia a year after Czecho-Slovakia was dissolved. At<br />

the age of 8, the artist was diagnosed with a syndrome where his jo<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

were known to be fragile as a glass. The artist considers this situation<br />

very similar to that of Samuel L. Jackson <strong>in</strong> Unbreakable.<br />

After the diagnosis, he had to visit every sanatory <strong>in</strong> his country for<br />

almost 6 years <strong>in</strong> total. Which <strong>in</strong> the end helped him to recover 100%.<br />

Ow<strong>in</strong>g to these situations, he was only able as a child to see parents only 6<br />

months <strong>in</strong> a year, this is where he<br />

developed a need for fantasy.<br />

The artist used to draw a<br />

spent <strong>in</strong> sanatory, but<br />

it at 14 fully recovered,<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g for a time. In<br />

Ivan came across<br />

<strong>in</strong> YouTube that<br />

to relive his passion<br />

helped him relax<br />

the stress.<br />

Ivan describes<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of his<br />

<strong>in</strong> Discord really<br />

and grow a lot<br />

lot dur<strong>in</strong>g his time<br />

when he got out of<br />

he forgot about<br />

his adulthood,<br />

AI videos<br />

<strong>in</strong>terested him<br />

for art and<br />

and release all<br />

that <strong>in</strong> the<br />

career people<br />

helped him learn<br />

better<br />

“I believe that AI is the future. Not for<br />

pictures itself, but<br />

it can give you enough<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

to actually make<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g out of it.” Says<br />

Ivan.<br />



Ismail Khayat<br />

Iraq<br />

Ismail worked hard throughout the years to express various themes through<br />

his artwork, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g stories about his early recollections, nature, the<br />

history of his people, and women’s rights. The establishment of a new school<br />

<strong>in</strong> the Middle East was the primary objective of his work; it was a milestone<br />

that was successfully atta<strong>in</strong>ed, and the effort put forth was well worth it. In<br />

practically every item he creates, he frequently displays his emotions and his<br />

outlook on life.<br />

“Over the years, I strove to tell different stories with my artworks; stories about<br />

my childhood memories, nature, the history of my people, and women’s rights. I<br />

often express my feel<strong>in</strong>gs and vision for life <strong>in</strong> almost every piece I draw on,” says<br />

Ismail.<br />

He also discovers that he doesn’t worry too much about the materials he uses<br />

for his sketches,<br />

preferr<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>stead to use repurposed<br />

items like scrap<br />

wood, fabric, and stones. He makes<br />

his own papers<br />

primarily because he enjoys mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

appear dated. He primarily used<br />

watercolor,<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>ese <strong>in</strong>k, pens, pencils, and<br />

organic<br />

materials for his draw<strong>in</strong>gs. The<br />

majority of<br />

his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are impressionistic<br />

and<br />

expressionistic, where he f<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

peace and<br />

harmony <strong>in</strong> nature and is <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

<strong>by</strong> the<br />

horrors committed aga<strong>in</strong>st the<br />

Kurds.<br />

Among the aforementioned are some<br />

examples of abstract and cubist art<br />

experiments he has worked on. He<br />

has devoted a portion of his<br />

artwork to masks, the other<br />

faces of theatre, as a gesture<br />

of admiration for his wife’s<br />

occupation as a thespian.<br />



Ira Volkova<br />

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

Ira Volkova is an artist from Ukra<strong>in</strong>e with over 20 years of<br />

creative experience. In recent years, focus<strong>in</strong>g on the topic of<br />

floristics, the artist creates ethereal large-scale oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

of different k<strong>in</strong>ds of flowers.<br />

She was born <strong>in</strong> a small town <strong>in</strong> the south of Ukra<strong>in</strong>e. As a child,<br />

Ira expresses that she can confidently say that her childhood<br />

was happy and bright. It seems to me that dur<strong>in</strong>g that period<br />

I accumulated so much sunlight that I still give it back <strong>in</strong> my<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Ira also mentions that she has been draw<strong>in</strong>g for as long as she<br />

can remember. It was enough for her parents to give her a sheet of<br />

paper and pencils - and the child was busy for several<br />

hours. Therefore, she had no difficulties with<br />

choos<strong>in</strong>g a profession; from early<br />

childhood, Ira firmly knew that she would<br />

be an artist.<br />

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“I’m <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

endless variety.<br />

common object<br />

try to draw it”<br />

the large format<br />

allow people to<br />

they<br />

<strong>by</strong> nature <strong>in</strong> its<br />

Even the most<br />

changes when you<br />

says Ira. She loves<br />

of canvases. They<br />

show much more than<br />

are used to see<strong>in</strong>g. On<br />

her canvases, a whole<br />

macrocosm of petals, the<br />

play of light and shadows,<br />

sun glare are deploy<strong>in</strong>g.


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

marble and carved<br />

until I set him free.”<br />

Michelangelo<br />



Juria Sabdani Ajijul<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Juria Sabdani Ajijul was born and raised <strong>in</strong> the city of Zamboanga<br />

<strong>in</strong> the Philipp<strong>in</strong>es dur<strong>in</strong>g the late 1980s. From an early age, Juria<br />

developed an appreciation for the natural beauty of the world,<br />

particularly the tropical islands of the Philipp<strong>in</strong>es, with their<br />

diverse forms and bright hues. Although Juria enjoyed creat<strong>in</strong>g artwork<br />

<strong>in</strong> her grow<strong>in</strong>g years, she never thought that her childhood dream of<br />

becom<strong>in</strong>g an artist would come true.<br />

As someone who values humanitarian welfare and aims to give back<br />

to society, Juria decided to pursue a career <strong>in</strong> healthcare. She earned<br />

a Bachelor’s Degree <strong>in</strong> Nurs<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2011 and also tra<strong>in</strong>ed to become an<br />

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), where she ga<strong>in</strong>ed extensive<br />

knowledge <strong>in</strong> prehospital emergency care. Her first experience of<br />

resuscitat<strong>in</strong>g a patient was a life-chang<strong>in</strong>g event<br />

for her, as it rek<strong>in</strong>dled her compassion and<br />

passion to make a difference <strong>in</strong> people’s<br />

lives.<br />

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In her free time, Juria uses her gifted<br />

hands to create artwork. Her passion for<br />

art has been with her s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood<br />

and cont<strong>in</strong>ues to be an important part of<br />

her life. Her diverse <strong>in</strong>terests and skills<br />

<strong>in</strong> both healthcare and the arts showcase<br />

her versatility, creativity, and dedication<br />

to mak<strong>in</strong>g a difference <strong>in</strong> the world.<br />

Juria’s journey is an <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g one, as it<br />

highlights the importance of pursu<strong>in</strong>g<br />

one’s passions and us<strong>in</strong>g them to make a<br />

positive impact <strong>in</strong> society.<br />

“The beauty we see <strong>in</strong> our m<strong>in</strong>ds is our<br />

w<strong>in</strong>dow to the world!” Says Juria


Javid Tabatabaei<br />

Iran<br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1973, <strong>in</strong> Tehran, Javid Tabatabaei is a well-known Iranian Artist. He earned<br />

a certificate <strong>in</strong> graphic design from Montazeri High School <strong>in</strong> Isfahan, Iran, <strong>in</strong><br />

1994. In 2016, he graduated from Pakistan’s Mehran University and so far, holds 25<br />

years of related experience.<br />

Javid is a watercolor master from Iran who specializes <strong>in</strong> landscape pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. The<br />

colors <strong>in</strong> his work are<br />

usually brilliant, and he manages to recreate the<br />

landscapes he pa<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

<strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g and enigmatic tone <strong>by</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

excellent use of<br />

contrast, light<strong>in</strong>g, and shadows. “In a pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

you can convey<br />

it all and express your own emotions from<br />

what you see” says<br />

Javid.<br />

He earned<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue to be<br />

world, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

many more. He<br />

the International<br />

2012.<br />

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Javid<br />

several awards, and his exhibits were and<br />

shown <strong>in</strong> various countries throughout the<br />

Russia, Albania, Switzerland, Ch<strong>in</strong>a, and<br />

teaches watercolor classes and was a juror at<br />

Watercolor Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Competition <strong>in</strong> Turkey <strong>in</strong><br />

Tabatabaei is a pa<strong>in</strong>ter who has been<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g for over 20 years. Many group<br />

and solo exhibits have been held all<br />

over the world <strong>in</strong> countries such<br />

as Ch<strong>in</strong>a, Turkey, Italy, Pakistan,<br />

Japan, Serbia, and Canada. His<br />

workshops were held both <strong>in</strong><br />

person and onl<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

“I love pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g cityscapes! Each<br />

city is so unique and <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

every place has its special<br />

atmosphere, culture, and details”<br />

says Javid.


Khalil Abdulwahid<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Khalil Abdulwahid is an accomplished artist and art<br />

professional currently serv<strong>in</strong>g as the Director of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts<br />

Department at the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority. He holds<br />

a degree <strong>in</strong> Workforce Education & Development from the<br />

Pennsylvania State University and an Associate Degree <strong>in</strong> Computer<br />

Aided Draft<strong>in</strong>g & Design from the Pennsylvania<br />

College of Technology-USA.<br />

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Khalil has extensive experience work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> various art organizations and <strong>in</strong>itiatives,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g serv<strong>in</strong>g as the Chairman of the<br />

Emirates F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Society and curat<strong>in</strong>g the 30th<br />

Emirates F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Society Annual Exhibition. He<br />

is also an active member of the Advisory Board<br />

of the Department of Visual Communication<br />

at the American University of Dubai and<br />

has served as a panelist on the Sheikha<br />

Manal Young Artist Award 2012.<br />

As an artist, Khalil has won<br />

numerous awards and served<br />

on the judg<strong>in</strong>g committees<br />

for various art competitions<br />

and exhibitions, contribut<strong>in</strong>g<br />

significantly to the development<br />

of the art scene <strong>in</strong> the UAE and<br />

beyond. His vast experience, diverse<br />

skills, and significant contributions<br />

have made him a highly respected<br />

figure with<strong>in</strong> the art world.

An Abu Dhabi Festival 2016 Commission. Courtesy of the artist.Part of the ADMAF Art Collection. © ADMAF<br />


Kalopsia Wiz<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Kalopsia Wiz, an Indian artist pursu<strong>in</strong>g a master’s degree <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational bus<strong>in</strong>ess management <strong>in</strong> Dubai, is a selftaught<br />

artist, poet, and writer who has won numerous<br />

awards for her work <strong>in</strong> various fields. She works with<br />

various mediums, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g sketch<strong>in</strong>g, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, digital artwork,<br />

poetry, writ<strong>in</strong>g, photography, and fashion. Kalopsia’s recent<br />

accomplishments <strong>in</strong>clude w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g the International Rab<strong>in</strong>dranath<br />

Tagore Literature Award for her poetry book “Elegy” and be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

awarded second place at the Student Annual Art Show held at De<br />

Montfort University Dubai. She has been recognized<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternationally, w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g awards such as the<br />

International “Rembrandt Award” and the<br />

“Albrecht Durer Award” for outstand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artworks displayed at CreARTors Collective.<br />

Kalopsia has also published her poetry book<br />

“Elegy” on Amazon and pothi.com and written<br />

articles featured on onl<strong>in</strong>emagaz<strong>in</strong>e.org.uk.<br />

Apart from her artwork, Kalopsia has won<br />

multiple awards like the Youth Achievers<br />

Award <strong>by</strong> Glorious India Awards 2022<br />

and the Medal for Art Contest Senior<br />

Category (21-39 years) Season 4 <strong>by</strong><br />

Indian Art Factory. In conclusion,<br />

Kalopsia Wiz is a talented and<br />

hardwork<strong>in</strong>g artist, poet, and writer,<br />

whose numerous achievements and<br />

awards serve as a testament to her<br />

passion for creativity.<br />

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“Dream so big, you can’t<br />

sleep,” says Kalopsia


Kelly Eden<br />

United States of America<br />

Kelly Eden has lived a life worthy of the art she aspires to create:<br />

dramatic, layered, vibrant, and unexpectedly mean<strong>in</strong>gful.<br />

When she was 17, she enrolled <strong>in</strong> the Denver School of the Arts and<br />

fell <strong>in</strong> love with oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. She was only there for a short time before<br />

graduat<strong>in</strong>g and mov<strong>in</strong>g to Rocky Mounta<strong>in</strong> College of Art and Design.<br />

There, she honed her skills as a pa<strong>in</strong>ter and, <strong>in</strong> some<br />

ways, as a model for her fellow artists, design<strong>in</strong>g a very<br />

effective social-media presence for herself. Her onl<strong>in</strong>e<br />

presence was so compell<strong>in</strong>g that it quickly went viral,<br />

attract<strong>in</strong>g much attention to Kelly and her work.<br />

She graced magaz<strong>in</strong>e covers as an alternative<br />

model, generat<strong>in</strong>g a lot of <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> the “tattoo<br />

pastel” aesthetic she represented at the time.<br />

Several magaz<strong>in</strong>es spreads featured an <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g<br />

double feature with Kelly’s pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs alongside<br />

photographs of herself. She leveraged her artistic<br />

fame <strong>in</strong>to a role as an “<strong>in</strong>fluencer” and a successful<br />

YouTube personality. But after nearly ten years of<br />

that life, Kelly was compelled to quit because of<br />

the constant stress, self-doubt, and onl<strong>in</strong>e abuse<br />

she was receiv<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Eventually, with a new appreciation for<br />

therapy, she began to rediscover her partially<br />

neglected first love: pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. She now uses<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t to shape the good and bad notions<br />

that have filled her life with self-compell<strong>in</strong>g<br />

significance.<br />



Labiba Ferhat<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

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Labiba Ferhat is an optometrist turned artist from Algeria, currently based <strong>in</strong> Ajman, U.A.E. Her passion for art began dur<strong>in</strong>g the Covid pandemic,<br />

and s<strong>in</strong>ce then, Labiba has been creat<strong>in</strong>g impressionist pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that express people’s tales, emotions, and sensitivities. As a self-taught artist,<br />

Labiba’s work is known for its ability to tell a story that is easy to comprehend. She uses various mediums and techniques to create her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,<br />

and her work has been exhibited <strong>in</strong> prestigious galleries across the world, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Mumbai, India, and Paris, France.<br />

Labiba’s first solo exhibition titled “The Dance of Colors” took place <strong>in</strong> Dubai <strong>in</strong> November 2022. She was appo<strong>in</strong>ted as the art ambassador of Algeria<br />

for the Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World Records 2022, where she was <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> the “Most nationalities <strong>in</strong> an art lesson” challenge. Labiba has been awarded twice for<br />

her performance <strong>in</strong> art, which showcases her dedication and hard work towards her passion.<br />

Labiba takes <strong>in</strong>spiration from her mother, a famous and talented artist, and follows <strong>in</strong> her footsteps. Her art is not only visually appeal<strong>in</strong>g but<br />

also conveys a message, mak<strong>in</strong>g her work stand out <strong>in</strong> a crowd of artists. Labiba is an excellent example of how hard work, dedication, and<br />

passion can lead to success and recognition <strong>in</strong> any field.<br />

“I create and compose through color, curve, form and light with the desire of br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g to life what I see to make this moment immortal<br />

through my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,” says Labiba


L<strong>in</strong>a Redford<br />

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

L<strong>in</strong>a Redford is an excit<strong>in</strong>g pa<strong>in</strong>ter based <strong>in</strong> Spa<strong>in</strong> who has<br />

exhibited her work <strong>in</strong>ternationally. Inspired <strong>by</strong> her multicultural<br />

background and people she met dur<strong>in</strong>g her travels, L<strong>in</strong>a’s goal <strong>in</strong><br />

her art is to represent the uniqueness on a canvas. Currently liv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> Spa<strong>in</strong> L<strong>in</strong>a is <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> nature and wildlife, produc<strong>in</strong>g a series focused<br />

on animals. “The idea beh<strong>in</strong>d my art is to sculpt a persona onto the canvas,<br />

breathe life <strong>in</strong>to her character and shape her emotions. I try to capture<br />

the magic of nature’s fleet<strong>in</strong>g moment,<br />

to try sav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the essence” says L<strong>in</strong>a. Her signature<br />

subject is<br />

Humm<strong>in</strong>gbird, L<strong>in</strong>a adores how such a<br />

t<strong>in</strong>y creature<br />

can fit so much happ<strong>in</strong>ess of life.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to the artist the idea<br />

her art is to sculpt happ<strong>in</strong>ess onto<br />

whether it is a person or a subject.<br />

life <strong>in</strong>to the character and shape<br />

She tried to capture the magic of<br />

fleet<strong>in</strong>g moment, to try sav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the essence. “When you are<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g at the artwork - you<br />

can smell the freshness<br />

of fruits or feel the<br />

weightlessness of<br />

humm<strong>in</strong>gbirds’ w<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

For this reason, I only<br />

work with palette<br />

knives and thick<br />

layers of pa<strong>in</strong>t”<br />

says L<strong>in</strong>a<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

the canvas,<br />

Breathe<br />

emotions.<br />

nature’s<br />



Mahfuzur Rahman<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Mahfuzur Rahman is a renowned Bangladeshi art curator,<br />

contemporary artist, and art activist based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, UAE. He<br />

has achieved numerous prestigious awards and recognitions,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>in</strong>g listed <strong>in</strong> the Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World Records for<br />

most nationalities <strong>in</strong> an art workshop, and has exhibited his work <strong>in</strong> over<br />

50 <strong>in</strong>ternational exhibitions and 10 national exhibitions. As an art curator<br />

and activist, he has sponsored and organized 8 national and 5 <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

exhibitions, show<strong>in</strong>g his dedication to promot<strong>in</strong>g the arts and giv<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

platform to emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists.<br />

Mahfuzur’s unique style, which he calls “Blended Impressionism,” comb<strong>in</strong>es<br />

traditional impressionism with a contemporary approach. His work primarily<br />

focuses on nature, specifically the expression of trees, and is created us<strong>in</strong>g oil<br />

and acrylic on canvas. His bold and vibrant style and exploration of<br />

nature have<br />

garnered much attention <strong>in</strong> the art world,<br />

with his work<br />

praised for its ability to evoke emotion and<br />

provoke<br />

thought <strong>in</strong> the viewer. Overall, Mahfuzur<br />

Rahman<br />

is a highly accomplished artist and a<br />

promis<strong>in</strong>g figure <strong>in</strong> the Middle East and<br />

globally.<br />

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His role as an art curator and activist<br />

highlights his dedication to promot<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the arts and giv<strong>in</strong>g a platform to<br />

emerg<strong>in</strong>g artists.<br />

“My art is a reflection of my<br />

soul, and I strive to convey<br />

the beauty and depth of<br />

life through my work,”<br />

says Mahfuzur Rahman


Michael Angelo Guadalupe<br />

Puerto Rico<br />

Puerto Rican visual artist ‘Michael Angelo<br />

Guadalupe’ is better known <strong>by</strong> his stage name,<br />

Mago. He was born <strong>in</strong> New York and, when still<br />

a little child, his family relocated to Puerto<br />

Rico. He specializes <strong>in</strong> employ<strong>in</strong>g artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence to produce stunn<strong>in</strong>g and dist<strong>in</strong>ctive<br />

graphics that narrate tales from old myths,<br />

religions, and histories.<br />

He was raised <strong>in</strong> hous<strong>in</strong>g complexes where he was<br />

always surrounded <strong>by</strong> <strong>in</strong>conveniences. Mago was<br />

taken away from his family when he was 7<br />

years old and placed <strong>in</strong> a foster home.<br />

He came across literature about tales<br />

and legends from the past dur<strong>in</strong>g this<br />

time, which would come to def<strong>in</strong>e<br />

his life and serve as the basis for his<br />

artistic creations.<br />

He relocated to Miami after<br />

graduat<strong>in</strong>g from high school,<br />

where he was exposed to music<br />

<strong>in</strong>dustry artists and art galleries.<br />

He relocated to Chile after be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

signed as an artist. The vastness<br />

of the Andes would capture his<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation and motivate him to<br />

build fantastical worlds and landscapes.<br />

“I aspire to create visual experiences<br />

that give the absurd world of artificial<br />

<strong>in</strong>telligence art human mean<strong>in</strong>g.” Says<br />

Michael.<br />



Mal<strong>in</strong>i Karani<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

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Mal<strong>in</strong>i is a versatile artist whose passion for creativity is expressed through various mediums. Her early talent was showcased<br />

<strong>in</strong> ‘The Young Times’ of the Khaleej Times and her pearl bead<strong>in</strong>g collection. Although her professional career is <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>terior<br />

design and architecture, she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to pursue her passion for pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and draw<strong>in</strong>g, creat<strong>in</strong>g commissioned pieces for<br />

family and friends, and participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> various exhibitions. Mal<strong>in</strong>i has a diverse pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g style, which allows her to create<br />

detailed artwork or sketches, depend<strong>in</strong>g on the project’s requirements. She also experiments with digital tools to create her work, as<br />

seen <strong>in</strong> her participation <strong>in</strong> Ekta <strong>2023</strong> at the Theater of Digital Art <strong>in</strong> Dubai. Mal<strong>in</strong>i’s versatility as an artist is demonstrated <strong>by</strong> her ability<br />

to work on different surfaces like canvas, walls, shoes, and ceramics. Through her regular practice of sketch<strong>in</strong>g and draw<strong>in</strong>g, Mal<strong>in</strong>i<br />

hones her skills and develops her creative vision. Overall, Mal<strong>in</strong>i’s artistic journey serves as an <strong>in</strong>spiration to follow one’s passion and<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporate it <strong>in</strong>to one’s life, regardless of the career path.<br />

“I create art because I can express myself better through draw<strong>in</strong>gs than with words. I f<strong>in</strong>d it difficult to articulate my thoughts at the<br />

best of times. But when I create artwork, it speaks for itself,” says Mal<strong>in</strong>i


Maisoon Al-Rubeai<br />

Iraq<br />

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Maisoon Al-Rubeai was born <strong>in</strong> Baghdad <strong>in</strong> 1965. She completed a BEng of Architectural Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g. In UK, she re-tra<strong>in</strong>ed as a secondary<br />

school teacher for Mathematics. It was only after her early retirement that she rediscovered her passion <strong>in</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. She went on to<br />

produce many pieces that quickly attracted the attention of her friends and family. Before long, this self-taught artist began sell<strong>in</strong>g her<br />

work on the <strong>in</strong>ternet to customers all over the world.<br />

“The depiction of Arab women plays a pivotal part <strong>in</strong> art. <strong>Artists</strong> f<strong>in</strong>d it easy to carry their message through their depiction of the Arab women” Says<br />

Maisoon<br />

Her artwork is rooted <strong>in</strong> her Iraqi heritage and takes <strong>in</strong>spiration from famous artists such as Isam Alsaeed. Her abstract pieces evoke images of<br />

old Baghdad, the faces of its people all seamlessly <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>ed with the Kufic calligraphy that envelopes the walls of so many mosques and palaces of<br />

that region. There are h<strong>in</strong>ts of nostalgia <strong>in</strong> her pieces, borne out with modernist brushwork, creat<strong>in</strong>g a special appeal for those who yearn for the land<br />

between the two rivers.<br />

From an Architect to an International Artist, she pa<strong>in</strong>ts Iraqi women specifically and Arab women <strong>in</strong> general. The artist uses traditional and<br />

cultural references which add a rural touch and she also pa<strong>in</strong>ts women <strong>in</strong> an urban environment. Ultimately, Maisoon reflects themes such<br />

as nostalgia, care, family, homeland, passion and love <strong>in</strong> her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.


Maria Vasileva<br />

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

Maria was born and brought up <strong>in</strong> the oldest city <strong>in</strong> the world<br />

and the current European Capital of Culture,<br />

Plovdiv, often known as the ‘City of <strong>Artists</strong>.’<br />

She spent five years study<strong>in</strong>g art at the<br />

National High School of Stage and Film Design, the<br />

only <strong>in</strong>stitution of its k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> the Balkans.<br />

The artist acquired a variety of f<strong>in</strong>e and applied<br />

art techniques, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g those <strong>in</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, ceramics, make-up, and wigs,<br />

which benefited the development of her creativity.<br />

She took part <strong>in</strong> numerous exhibitions <strong>in</strong> Bulgaria,<br />

where she also took first place <strong>in</strong> the national art<br />

competition, The Water Source of Life.<br />

Maria traveled to London after earn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her degree <strong>in</strong> Bulgaria, where she<br />

studied graphic and digital design at<br />

the University of Greenwich and<br />

earned her degree <strong>in</strong> 2019. But<br />

she has returned to pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce receiv<strong>in</strong>g her degree s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

it was her first love. Dur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

peak of the COVID pandemic,<br />

Maria found Bob Ross’s Wet on<br />

Wet technique of pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Ever<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce then, she has been pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

landscapes nonstop.<br />



Mar<strong>in</strong>a Chisty<br />

United States of America<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a Chisty is a Russian-American artist who currently lives<br />

and works <strong>in</strong> NYC. Her abstract and figurative pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

embody the dynamism and multiple faces of the city, try<strong>in</strong>g to<br />

grasp their dist<strong>in</strong>ctive differences and substantial equality as<br />

human be<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

“Art can make us see the world <strong>in</strong> a new and eye-open<strong>in</strong>g way” says<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a. Mar<strong>in</strong>a approached art from a very young age, foster<strong>in</strong>g her talent<br />

<strong>in</strong> children’s art school <strong>in</strong> Russia. Her Russian roots are relevant <strong>in</strong> the<br />

development of her creative identity, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g her closer to abstraction and<br />

the<br />

symbolic use of color.<br />

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Throughout her studies, Mar<strong>in</strong>a reflected<br />

that art was her true purpose and cont<strong>in</strong>ued<br />

to hone her expertise. An undergraduate<br />

education <strong>in</strong> Russia, comb<strong>in</strong>ed with an MA <strong>in</strong><br />

Economics <strong>in</strong> the U.S., helped her to question<br />

the practical aim of her art: she strives to<br />

make an aesthetic but also concrete impact,<br />

giv<strong>in</strong>g humanitarian support especially to<br />

women <strong>in</strong> need.<br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a Chisty’s <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

women, regardless of ethnicity or<br />

physical features, derives from<br />

her special connection with the<br />

fem<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>e world and concern for<br />

women’s rights. As an artist, she<br />

wants to create opportunities<br />

to support women who are<br />

underrepresented not only <strong>in</strong> the<br />

art system but also <strong>in</strong> the broader<br />

sphere of bus<strong>in</strong>ess.


Matt Gondek<br />

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

Matt Gondek is a Deconstructive Pop Artist, whose work is possessed with a punk rock spirit, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g rebellion and<br />

destruction. With a visceral pop color palette and a disarm<strong>in</strong>gly playful tone, he tears down cartoon idols, ak<strong>in</strong> to<br />

slaughter<strong>in</strong>g our modern-day gods. Born <strong>in</strong> 1982, his creative voice is rooted <strong>in</strong> the 90s; as a true conduit of his generation<br />

and their potentially po<strong>in</strong>tless search for mean<strong>in</strong>g and purpose amidst a cruel life <strong>in</strong> a flawed world. He boasts sold-out<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong> his home of Los Angeles as well as <strong>in</strong> New York, Paris, and Hong Kong.<br />

“My work is <strong>in</strong> response to what I consider our “modern day gods” (Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, and other huge corporate characters),<br />

paired with my love of Punk Rock and the ethos beh<strong>in</strong>d that such as anti-conformity and the tear<strong>in</strong>g down of those false deities,” says<br />

Matt.<br />

His most recent successes <strong>in</strong>clude the Tokyo Exhibition’s “Miss<strong>in</strong>g Person” exhibit, featur<strong>in</strong>g 15 new acrylic works from November<br />

12 to December 2, together with draw<strong>in</strong>gs and screen pr<strong>in</strong>ts. 300 uniquely handmade Fight Club Baseball bats with spikes specially<br />

constructed and comb<strong>in</strong>ed with an NFT component released <strong>in</strong> conjunction with MakersPlace.<br />



“Every child is an<br />

artist. The problem is<br />

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

once he/she grows up.”<br />

Pablo Picasso<br />




United Arab Emirates<br />

Nada, a self-taught artist from Lebanon, has been passionate about<br />

art s<strong>in</strong>ce childhood. S<strong>in</strong>ce focus<strong>in</strong>g on her craft <strong>in</strong> 2017, she uses<br />

oil and acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>ts to depict the organic beauty of nature. Nada<br />

has participated <strong>in</strong> numerous exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g World Art<br />

Dubai s<strong>in</strong>ce 2018, the Louvre Museum <strong>in</strong> Paris, and the Townly Gallery <strong>in</strong> New<br />

York. She has also participated <strong>in</strong> exhibitions promot<strong>in</strong>g Arab<br />

art and culture, such as the “Arab Art and Calligraphy”<br />

exhibition at the Artist Playground <strong>by</strong> Pullman Hotels.<br />

Nada uses her art to raise awareness about social<br />

issues, participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> exhibitions for the M<strong>in</strong>istry of<br />

Tolerance and Coexistence and the Gulf Association<br />

for Disabilities, support<strong>in</strong>g exhibitions for children<br />

with special needs and donat<strong>in</strong>g artwork.<br />

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In 2022, Nada exhibited at the DIFC Art Nights,<br />

the Gallery Vibes group exhibition, and had her<br />

artwork displayed <strong>in</strong> Istanbul, Turkey, and the<br />

Korea Museum. Her participation <strong>in</strong> exhibitions<br />

and events earned her a long-term cultural<br />

visa and a UAE Golden Visa. Nada’s<br />

dedication to art and humanitarian<br />

efforts showcases her passion for shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

joy, happ<strong>in</strong>ess, and positivity with others.<br />

“I always choose vibrant colors and<br />

deep warmth for my artworks because<br />

the world is a colorful place and I<br />

have a message beh<strong>in</strong>d that, to spread<br />

happ<strong>in</strong>ess and positivity once<br />

people look at my pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs,” says<br />





Oumaima Choua<br />

Netherlands<br />

Oumaima Choua is a self-taught artist born <strong>in</strong> Netherlands. The artist comes<br />

from a Moroccan heritage and she was born <strong>in</strong> 1997. Her hyperrealistic<br />

portraits explore the psychology of her subjects <strong>by</strong> portray<strong>in</strong>g them on large<br />

canvasses.<br />

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The artist has crafted her style over many years,<br />

experiment<strong>in</strong>g with shapes, textures, tones and different<br />

th<strong>in</strong>gs us<strong>in</strong>g her preferred medium of graphite and<br />

charcoal. Oumaima uses her large scale works to evoke<br />

the emotions, thoughts and feel<strong>in</strong>gs of her subjects<br />

whilst captur<strong>in</strong>g the essence of human experience.<br />

“It’s important to challenge yourself <strong>in</strong> order to keep<br />

grow<strong>in</strong>g learn<strong>in</strong>g and improv<strong>in</strong>g” says Oumaima.<br />

Her strik<strong>in</strong>g use of light tone to immortalize the<br />

figures <strong>in</strong> her work gives the artwork an ethereal<br />

quality. Often bare sk<strong>in</strong>ned and <strong>in</strong> dramatic poses,<br />

each work tells a story of not only the creative<br />

process but also the artist’s own connection<br />

with the figures she recreates.<br />

Oumaima Choua describes that<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g has been a part of her whole<br />

life. As a curious and observant<br />

youngster, she loved to explore the<br />

colours and shapes found <strong>in</strong> her<br />

surround<strong>in</strong>gs ow<strong>in</strong>g to which her<br />

imag<strong>in</strong>ation would run wild on the<br />

blank pages. “When I draw, I lose track<br />

of time. And that’s one of the many<br />

reasons why I’m <strong>in</strong> love with what I do”<br />

says Oumaima.


Pranoti Karajgi<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Pranoti Karajgi is an Indian artist who has always used art<br />

to express her creativity and <strong>in</strong>dividuality. She believes<br />

that art reflects the state of the society we live <strong>in</strong> and<br />

showcases the struggle and achievements<br />

of a community. Her journey with clay began at<br />

the age of 19 when she discovered the potential<br />

of the Kumhars, a potter’s community <strong>in</strong> her<br />

hometown of Jabalpur, India. She collaborated<br />

with them to highlight their skills and talent and<br />

held solo pottery exhibitions across multiple cities<br />

<strong>in</strong> India, garner<strong>in</strong>g appreciation throughout the art<br />

community.<br />

Pranoti’s passion for design and art led<br />

her to practice <strong>in</strong>terior design on small<br />

and large-scale projects <strong>in</strong> India and UAE.<br />

However, she returned to pottery <strong>in</strong> 2015,<br />

this time explor<strong>in</strong>g ceramic pottery.<br />

She formalized her tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g under<br />

the stewardship of NCECA felicitated<br />

ceramicists Ray Meeker and Deborah<br />

Smith, pioneers of studio pottery <strong>in</strong><br />

India. She also learned from renowned<br />

ceramicists Elena Renkar, Adil Writer,<br />

Akira Satake, Rakhi Kane Veena<br />

Chandran, to name a few.<br />

Pranoti primarily works <strong>in</strong> wheel<br />

thrown and hand built pottery, with<br />

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an emphasis on strong utilitarian forms and playful alterations and impressions. She is a<br />

formalist who focuses on master<strong>in</strong>g each stage of the pottery mak<strong>in</strong>g process and believes<br />

<strong>in</strong> lett<strong>in</strong>g the clay speak for itself. Pranoti also teaches pottery on wheel and hand-built<br />

ceramics at Dubai International Art Center. Her goal is to promote and educate people<br />

about ceramics and through her work, br<strong>in</strong>g to light the nuances of pottery mak<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“Through my art I wish to bridge the gap between classical pottery techniques and<br />

contemporary design and br<strong>in</strong>g to light the beautiful marriage of earth and fire,” says<br />

Pranoti Karajgi


Peter Terr<strong>in</strong><br />

Belgium<br />

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

drawn to art. There were no def<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g or pivotal moments that<br />

determ<strong>in</strong>ed the course of his life. His need to pa<strong>in</strong>t has always<br />

been as vital as breath<strong>in</strong>g and eat<strong>in</strong>g; provid<strong>in</strong>g the necessary fuel<br />

for the m<strong>in</strong>d and soul. His passion for people was re<strong>in</strong>forced through years<br />

of travel after graduat<strong>in</strong>g from Textile Design School <strong>in</strong> Belgium. He blends<br />

several artistic<br />

styles and <strong>in</strong>corporates different ideas to<br />

produce<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g more than just a portrait.<br />

Mexico’s<br />

amaz<strong>in</strong>g blend of th<strong>in</strong>gs drives him<br />

<strong>in</strong>sane; the<br />

way they live, their customs, their cuis<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

their family<br />

values, their music, and the spectacular<br />

brilliant<br />

colors with which they pa<strong>in</strong>t their homes.<br />

If he had<br />

he’d<br />

92<br />

to sum up this subject <strong>in</strong> a s<strong>in</strong>gle l<strong>in</strong>e,<br />

answer, “Mexico gave me colors.” Peter<br />

uses his unique style to capture emotion,<br />

mood and feel<strong>in</strong>g through pallet knives and<br />

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

keep th<strong>in</strong>gs excit<strong>in</strong>g for himself, he<br />

changes his style every 2 to 3 years.<br />

He supposes his style can be classified<br />

as a modern form of expressionism.<br />

This dist<strong>in</strong>ctive pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g style gives<br />

his work a lively expression. His past<br />

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

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

Solo Show Porsche, Cancun Mexico<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2019, Imar Art Gallery, Mykonos<br />

Greece <strong>in</strong> 2019, Jorge Mendez Art<br />

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

among many others.


Petterson Silva<br />

Brazil<br />

Petterson Silva was born <strong>in</strong> Brazil’s Mato Grosso. Young virtuoso<br />

Silva attended the Centro Universitário Belas Artes <strong>in</strong> São Paulo,<br />

<strong>in</strong>itially displayed skill at five after learn<strong>in</strong>g about gouache <strong>in</strong><br />

preschool. Silva was raised <strong>in</strong> complete harmony with nature,<br />

always <strong>in</strong> contact with the local birds. It helps to know a little bit about the<br />

artist’s native country and formative years to appreciate the sentiment and<br />

beauty of the scenes he pa<strong>in</strong>ts on canvas.<br />

His grandfather, a house pa<strong>in</strong>ter who enjoyed pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g Walt Disney<br />

characters on plywood boards <strong>in</strong> his own time, served as his <strong>in</strong>itial source<br />

of <strong>in</strong>spiration. Petterson’s early studies of the great Italian masters Ticiano<br />

Vecellio, a Renaissance pa<strong>in</strong>ter, and Caravaggio, a Baroque pa<strong>in</strong>ter, whose<br />

works <strong>in</strong>spired and enchanted him, eventually led him to study them. As a<br />

child, Petterson’s <strong>in</strong>terest and admiration were for the great Brazilian artist<br />

Candido Port<strong>in</strong>ari.<br />

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Accord<strong>in</strong>g to Petterson, the development of his<br />

technique for his pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs was profoundly affected<br />

<strong>by</strong> his deep respect for the vivid light and shadow<br />

<strong>in</strong> the works of these masters. The artist, who exhibits<br />

hyper-realistic qualities, claims that he feels he has<br />

not yet atta<strong>in</strong>ed the desired outcomes, but he still<br />

strives for perfection every day. He is meticulous and<br />

works hard to capture the correct tone for each species<br />

that appears <strong>in</strong> his work as well as to convey the<br />

vibrant colors and unspoiled beauty of his<br />

country.<br />

Petterson won first place <strong>in</strong> 2009<br />

at the Corumbá Art Salon <strong>in</strong> Brazil.<br />

In 2016, he won first place at the<br />

Brazilian Art Salon <strong>in</strong> Liechtenste<strong>in</strong>.


Rabab Tantawy<br />

Egypt<br />

Rabab Tantawy, born <strong>in</strong> Cairo <strong>in</strong> 1971, grew up watch<strong>in</strong>g her mother draw and create. Although she did not pursue an artistic<br />

profession from the start, Rabab ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed an <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> the arts and tra<strong>in</strong>ed herself <strong>in</strong> several techniques. methods rang<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

extremely conventional materials such as oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g to newer mediums such as spray pa<strong>in</strong>ts<br />

Rabab began her artistic career <strong>by</strong> participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> various shows and aggressively explor<strong>in</strong>g street art. “A pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g just comes<br />

through you; you were just a vessel and all you had to do is show up” says Rabab.<br />

The artist used a variety of materials to produce a lighthearted approach to the often-serious topics that underp<strong>in</strong> her work. Her primary<br />

concerns are unification, community, and heritage.<br />

While many artists approach these issues from a different standpo<strong>in</strong>t, Rabab attempts to bridge the gap <strong>by</strong> render<strong>in</strong>g these subjects through<br />

the perspective of universality. “Be<strong>in</strong>g an artist is about cont<strong>in</strong>ually evolv<strong>in</strong>g your art and this happens <strong>by</strong> enterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g all those new and<br />

different ideas” says Rabab.<br />

Rabab is a gifted artist. She does not utilize prelim<strong>in</strong>ary draw<strong>in</strong>gs. Instead, she uses the canvas as a platform for direct download. There are<br />

no expectations for a f<strong>in</strong>ished project. In some ways, the product is the process of production.<br />



Raisa Mariam<br />

Rajan<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

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Gu<strong>in</strong>ness World Record Holder artist Raisa Mariam Rajan is a multi-talented architect-artist and an entrepreneur<br />

who uses art to express her love for nature. Her extensive travels have greatly <strong>in</strong>fluenced her artistic style, which<br />

<strong>in</strong>corporates a variety of mediums such as susta<strong>in</strong>able materials, acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>ts, alcohol <strong>in</strong>k, and charcoal to create<br />

textured artworks on various surfaces. Rajan believes that <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g nature <strong>in</strong>to art can br<strong>in</strong>g about new<br />

transformations <strong>in</strong> visual representations and often <strong>in</strong>fuses her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs with the essential harmony and peace that she f<strong>in</strong>ds<br />

<strong>in</strong> nature. She also <strong>in</strong>corporates crystals and sparkles <strong>in</strong>to her art to channel positive energy. Rajan’s art has been exhibited <strong>in</strong><br />

over 40 exhibitions, 23 live art events, workshops, and panel talks worldwide. She is also the concept creator for the Gu<strong>in</strong>ness<br />

World Record for organiz<strong>in</strong>g an art lesson with the most nationalities <strong>in</strong> an art lesson, with the aim of spread<strong>in</strong>g awareness<br />

about environmental susta<strong>in</strong>ability <strong>in</strong> art. As an architect, Rajan aims to comb<strong>in</strong>e her skills with her passion for art to create<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative and aesthetically pleas<strong>in</strong>g spaces. Through her artwork, Rajan hopes to <strong>in</strong>spire and motivate people to appreciate<br />

and preserve the natural world around them. Her artwork reflects her unique perspective on the world around her, which<br />

is deeply rooted <strong>in</strong> her love for nature. Her artworks have been exhibited La Pedrera, UNESCO, Barcelona, Spa<strong>in</strong>, Qatar<br />

International Art Fair, Transversal Italy, World Art Dubai, Azerbhaijan, Montenegro, UAE, and many more.


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> Dubai,<br />

UAE. She has lived <strong>in</strong> several countries, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Lebanon, Canada,<br />

and Saudi Arabia, ref<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g her skills and participat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> numerous<br />

exhibitions and symposiums worldwide. Rafa holds a Bachelor’s<br />

degree of Arts from the F<strong>in</strong>e Art College at the Lebanese University, where she<br />

studied different art techniques. Her passion for pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and art began at an<br />

early age, and she has worked with various materials and mediums.<br />

Rafa has produced many artworks and participated <strong>in</strong> numerous art<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong> and outside the UAE, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Europe. Her works have been<br />

featured <strong>in</strong> several <strong>in</strong>ternational art magaz<strong>in</strong>es, and her exceptional artistic<br />

skills and contributions have earned her several awards and recognitions,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the Leonardo Da V<strong>in</strong>ci Prize and Award, Qatar International Art<br />

Festival, and Caravaggio International Award, among others.<br />

Rafa was awarded La Palma D’Oro Award <strong>in</strong><br />

Monte Carlo France 2022, received the Art<br />

Olympic Medal 2021 from Rome, Coupe<br />

du monde des Arts 23, Donatello Award<br />

Florence <strong>2023</strong> and Caravaggio Award<br />

<strong>2023</strong>. Her artworks can be found <strong>in</strong><br />

the Artist International Encyclopedia<br />

of Contemporary Art 22 and <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Masters of Art <strong>Book</strong> <strong>2023</strong> and <strong>in</strong><br />

different <strong>in</strong>ternational Art Magaz<strong>in</strong>es<br />

“I aim to be recognized as one of<br />

the lead<strong>in</strong>g f<strong>in</strong>e art professionals<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternationally,” says Rafa<br />



Rafael Antonio<br />

Colombia<br />

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

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

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

explored various techniques and materials, especially graphite.<br />

In his last years of Architecture, he decided to return to his passion for<br />

draw<strong>in</strong>g and art, thus discover<strong>in</strong>g a revolutionary pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g tool, the art of<br />

the airbrush. He decided to dedicate himself fully to acrylic and the art of<br />

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

He was <strong>in</strong>cl<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>by</strong> hyperrealism, thus<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g to develop as the ma<strong>in</strong> theme<br />

<strong>in</strong> his works, portrait, giv<strong>in</strong>g high value<br />

to the connection of the gaze between<br />

liv<strong>in</strong>g be<strong>in</strong>gs us<strong>in</strong>g his airbrush as the<br />

ma<strong>in</strong> tool and other mixed techniques.<br />

He tra<strong>in</strong>ed as a self-taught artist of<br />

airbrush pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, develop<strong>in</strong>g his<br />

artistic proposals and its deterioration<br />

through human history, with a touch of<br />

Magical Realism and critical perspective.<br />

He seeks to captivate the viewer through<br />

his meticulous pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g technique. He does<br />

not believe <strong>in</strong> just captur<strong>in</strong>g a snapshot<br />

<strong>in</strong> time but tak<strong>in</strong>g the viewer <strong>in</strong>to a<br />

visual journey that stirs the senses<br />

and leaves a dramatic impression.<br />



Rohith Rao<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

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Rohith Rao is an enthusiastic f<strong>in</strong>e artist who has worked on more than 500 projects <strong>in</strong> Dubai over the course of his 16-year career as a<br />

3D Art Director and 3D Generalist <strong>in</strong> the event bus<strong>in</strong>ess, TV commercials, and 3D animation.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce he was a young boy, Rohith has been enamored <strong>by</strong> the complicated Japanese technique of origami. He realized his next huge<br />

project, which is a sight to behold, as he was teach<strong>in</strong>g the skill to his daughter. He received the First rank <strong>in</strong> his Bachelor of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts<br />

<strong>in</strong> Applied Arts studies. In all of his work, he strives to produce an artistic outcome.<br />

He has completed more than 500 projects <strong>in</strong> Dubai throughout his 16 years as a 3D Art Director.<br />

He is currently a full-time freelance artist who, <strong>in</strong> the true spirit of Dubai, loves to comb<strong>in</strong>e technology with art <strong>in</strong> his work! His next<br />

task is to br<strong>in</strong>g this onl<strong>in</strong>e-created fantasy picture to life. “Everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> origami depends on the right way to fold a square.” Says<br />

Rohith<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce he began learn<strong>in</strong>g origami as a child, he has come to understand how everyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the art form depends on know<strong>in</strong>g how to<br />

fold a square properly. As he and his daughter Vipanchi fold origami, Vipanchi expresses a desire to see the largest origami <strong>in</strong> Dubai.<br />

“Comb<strong>in</strong>ed with 3D and stock footage I was able to accomplish my daughter’s wish. One day I wish to see this fantasy <strong>in</strong> reality.” Says<br />



“When you go out to pa<strong>in</strong>t,<br />

try to forget what objects<br />

you have before you, a tree,<br />

a house, a field, or whatever.<br />

Merely th<strong>in</strong>k, here is a little<br />

square of blue, here an<br />

oblong of p<strong>in</strong>k, here a streak<br />

of yellow.”<br />

Claude Monet<br />



Sheida Abdolrazagh<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Sheida, a UAE based visual artist, is quickly becom<strong>in</strong>g a ris<strong>in</strong>g<br />

star <strong>in</strong> the art world. With four years of education <strong>in</strong> design and<br />

photography at the American University <strong>in</strong> Dubai, Sheida has<br />

developed a unique artistic vision that blends Arabic design with<br />

contemporary art.<br />

For Sheida, creat<strong>in</strong>g art is a way to express herself and capture her ideas.<br />

Her work is personal, often reflect<strong>in</strong>g her own experiences and emotions.<br />

However, she is also <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> her cultural heritage and <strong>in</strong>corporates<br />

elements of Arabic design <strong>in</strong>to her pieces. She is fasc<strong>in</strong>ated <strong>by</strong> m<strong>in</strong>imalism<br />

and explores how complex messages can be conveyed with as little detail as<br />

possible. Her art is a modern fusion of Arabic design and contemporary art,<br />

with clean l<strong>in</strong>es, bold colors, and strik<strong>in</strong>g compositions.<br />

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Sheida’s artwork is visually stunn<strong>in</strong>g and deeply<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>gful. By add<strong>in</strong>g cultural touches to her pieces,<br />

she creates art that is both beautiful and thoughtprovok<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

She believes that art is a powerful tool<br />

for self-expression, and she is committed to us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her skills to cont<strong>in</strong>ue creat<strong>in</strong>g work that pushes<br />

the boundaries of what is possible.<br />

As an emerg<strong>in</strong>g artist, Sheida is excited to<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ue explor<strong>in</strong>g new artistic ideas and shar<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her unique perspective with the world. With her<br />

passion and talent, Sheida is sure to become a<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent figure <strong>in</strong> the art world.<br />

“Hav<strong>in</strong>g a wide selection of<br />

opportunities only helps <strong>in</strong> the<br />

improvement of the creative process. I<br />

have discovered that comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g ideas/<br />

processes can always lead to a better<br />

result,” says Sheida


Shay<br />

England<br />

Shay, an artist based <strong>in</strong> south Devon, England, uses the<br />

artistic moniker Shaymus for his work. He has been<br />

us<strong>in</strong>g this name for<br />

as long as he can recall.<br />

With a recently<br />

acquired BA (Hons)<br />

<strong>in</strong> Illustration, he has<br />

now focused<br />

on creat<strong>in</strong>g realistic<br />

portraiture of<br />

dogs, wildlife, and<br />

people.<br />

He is grateful to have<br />

all over the globe,<br />

UK, Canada, Spa<strong>in</strong>,<br />

Zealand and more. He<br />

commissions for<br />

cats, but he also<br />

requests<br />

as<br />

clients from<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the US,<br />

Ireland, New<br />

ma<strong>in</strong>ly receives<br />

sketch<strong>in</strong>g dogs and<br />

occasionally gets<br />

for other animals such<br />

birds, horses, and<br />

other wildlife.<br />



Salwa Saeed Abel Ghani<br />

Egypt<br />

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Salwa Saeed Abel Ghani also known as Salwa Saeed is an<br />

Egyptian F<strong>in</strong>e Artist born <strong>in</strong> Cairo <strong>in</strong> 1984. She has been<br />

Liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the UAE s<strong>in</strong>ce 2012, and the artist is currently<br />

based <strong>in</strong> Al A<strong>in</strong>. Salwa has completed her B.A.Photography,<br />

c<strong>in</strong>ema &TV from the faculty of Applied Arts -Egypt. She also<br />

holds a Diploma of Multimedia from The Information Technology<br />

Institute-Egypt.<br />

After complet<strong>in</strong>g her graduation, Salwa started work<strong>in</strong>g as a<br />

director of photography at NTN TV s<strong>in</strong>ce 2008 till now. She has<br />

the passion for art s<strong>in</strong>ce she was 5 and Started <strong>in</strong> the field of<br />

Art so early. When she turned 15, she won the 4th<br />

position world award <strong>in</strong> the competition and<br />

exhibition of International Health Organization<br />

then she decided to be an artist and to study<br />

art. “pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is necessary to live and express<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>gs and thoughts <strong>in</strong> addition to connect<br />

with people” says Salwa.<br />

Her first solo exhibition was <strong>in</strong> Egypt<br />

2010 and her last solo exhibition was <strong>in</strong><br />

April 2019 at the <strong>in</strong>ternational Art fair<br />

World Art Dubai. “I express my vision<br />

of reality and feel<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> a dreamy<br />

way <strong>in</strong>fluenced <strong>by</strong> Impressionism,<br />

romanticism and surrealism, mixed <strong>in</strong> a<br />

new contemporary modern style” says<br />



Samia Saleh<br />

Egypt<br />

Samia Saleh is an <strong>in</strong>ternationally licensed tra<strong>in</strong>er and<br />

an artist from Egypt. Her journey as an artist began<br />

when she was pulled out of fourth grade, and entered<br />

an art <strong>in</strong>terschool competition where<br />

she won first place. She became wellknown<br />

for fus<strong>in</strong>g realistic portraiture<br />

with abstract art. Samia expla<strong>in</strong>s<br />

that “as a child, I grew up <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong><br />

my father’s photography talent. The<br />

physicality of photography, paired with<br />

the illusion of draw<strong>in</strong>g and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

both charm the eye <strong>in</strong>to believ<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

“ She is actively <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong><br />

the arts and fosters creativity<br />

<strong>in</strong> the neighborhood through<br />

her work <strong>in</strong> art studios and<br />

educational <strong>in</strong>itiatives. In<br />

the UAE, Samia’s artwork has<br />

been widely displayed.<br />

“Without the ability to<br />

actualize an idea or concept,<br />

art would not exist. My work is<br />

a constant search for the best<br />

way to <strong>in</strong>terpret the ideas that<br />

I have about the world and<br />

myself that I live <strong>in</strong>. I do not<br />

limit myself to one medium,<br />

style, or concept,” Samia says.<br />

She firmly believes <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

and ideas change, and even<br />

knowledge changes.<br />



Simona Constant<strong>in</strong><br />

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

Simona Constant<strong>in</strong> is a formally tra<strong>in</strong>ed dental medic<strong>in</strong>e doctor and former<br />

orthodontist. Grow<strong>in</strong>g up with a natural talent for pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g several<br />

art competitions <strong>in</strong> her childhood, she used her draw<strong>in</strong>g skills <strong>in</strong> anatomy courses<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g her medical tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g, always be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>cl<strong>in</strong>ed to showcase her natural<br />

talents. Whatever<br />

she pursued, she always returned to her first love and<br />

passion.<br />

After years of practic<strong>in</strong>g Art <strong>in</strong> another form <strong>in</strong> the<br />

orthodontics<br />

field, she decided to pursue her art career, becom<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

portrait<br />

artist liv<strong>in</strong>g and work<strong>in</strong>g between Germany and Spa<strong>in</strong>.<br />

Tak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Instagram <strong>by</strong> storm and grow<strong>in</strong>g a remarkable<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a short time allowed Simona to share<br />

her <strong>in</strong>spiration and works with a vast community<br />

of artists across the globe and reach prom<strong>in</strong>ent<br />

collectors who were fasc<strong>in</strong>ated with her artworks.<br />

She was always <strong>in</strong>trigued <strong>by</strong> faces and the emotions<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d them, creat<strong>in</strong>g portraits <strong>in</strong> her signature<br />

style. Her body of work revolves around energy and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ner <strong>in</strong>trospection, and she portrays and explores<br />

that through the women she pa<strong>in</strong>ts. Her large-scale<br />

canvases express emotions, and she manages to<br />

capture the viewer’s sight through her unique style,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g him emerge <strong>in</strong> another world.<br />



Stephanie Bridget<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

Stephanie has always been <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> alternate realities. She<br />

became a digital designer s<strong>in</strong>ce she has always had a preference<br />

for us<strong>in</strong>g unconventional technologies.; pencils <strong>in</strong>stead of pa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

brushes. Her draw<strong>in</strong>gs tend to have p<strong>in</strong>k skies, flam<strong>in</strong>g orange<br />

hair, purple eyes, and greenish sk<strong>in</strong> tones. She enjoys br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g out the<br />

<strong>in</strong>ner child, who likes to pa<strong>in</strong>t the sky white, the clouds blue, and the walls<br />

colorful. She enjoys push<strong>in</strong>g limits and motivat<strong>in</strong>g not<br />

only her clients but also established and aspir<strong>in</strong>g<br />

artists to draw from their souls—to connect<br />

with their emotions and the th<strong>in</strong>gs that give<br />

them energy and let those th<strong>in</strong>gs show <strong>in</strong> their<br />

work. S<strong>in</strong>ce most of us look far and wide for<br />

<strong>in</strong>spiration, <strong>in</strong> reality, it may be found with<strong>in</strong><br />

the grounded version of oneself, it’s crucial to be<br />

able to discover that motivation.<br />

“You’ll love your work and others will appreciate<br />

it because you found your niche, developed a<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive style, and stick to it. It <strong>in</strong>volves gett<strong>in</strong>g<br />

back up, do<strong>in</strong>g new th<strong>in</strong>gs, always learn<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

and mak<strong>in</strong>g sure your community<br />

is safe, confident, and close-knit.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g a strong group of artistic or<br />

creatively oriented pals can help you<br />

go somewhere, and you’ll also f<strong>in</strong>d<br />

yourself through assist<strong>in</strong>g others <strong>in</strong><br />

do<strong>in</strong>g the same,” says Stephanie.<br />




United Arab Emirates<br />

Varsha Sureka is a proactively creative artist, an Indian National,<br />

contribut<strong>in</strong>g to art community <strong>in</strong> Dubai for 13+ years, with a<br />

Masters degree <strong>in</strong> Human Resource, a mom , a music lover, and<br />

highly energetic. Her love for art emerged right from a very<br />

tender age and it’s been her eternal love s<strong>in</strong>ce then. Varsha br<strong>in</strong>gs with<br />

her a wide range of art forms which <strong>in</strong>cludes Abstract, Res<strong>in</strong>, Landscape,<br />

Mixed Media, Clay work and so<br />

on. With her artforms, she<br />

believes <strong>in</strong> giv<strong>in</strong>g words to<br />

the unsaid enrich<strong>in</strong>g<br />

them with life. Her artworks<br />

have been exhibited<br />

<strong>in</strong> Major Art Galleries,<br />

Hotels, Malls, locally<br />

& <strong>in</strong>ternationally. She<br />

has been <strong>in</strong>vited as<br />

a judge and mentor for<br />

many renowned<br />

events and competitions.<br />

She loves work<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with the NGOs for the<br />

especially abled<br />

kids to lift them up<br />

and she stands<br />

firm for Equality. The<br />

Cultural diversity<br />

of UAE has always<br />

been a strong area<br />

of <strong>in</strong>terest for<br />

her and her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

depicts the<br />

same. She<br />

has been<br />

the most<br />

soughtafter<br />

artist<br />

for<br />

“Equality<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs”<br />

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



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