Artists in Focus 2024 - Coffee Table Book by Magzoid Magazine

Magzoid Magazine is delighted to announce the third edition of the coffee table book - Artists in Focus 2024, a publication dedicated to honoring and championing the exceptional work of artists. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the hard work and dedication of these individuals, who are driving positive change and shaping a brighter future through their creativity. As the foremost luxury magazine in the creative realm of the MENA region, we are committed to fostering and expanding the creative economy. With a vision rooted in the pillars of Creativity, Unity, Innovation, and Upliftment, we aim to cultivate a vibrant community of creatives across all disciplines, poised to usher in a new era of excellence. Handpicking 50 artists for this edition, we curated a diverse selection to showcase their unique talents and contributions. Magzoid Magazine owes its success to the visionary leadership and support of the UAE, where our journey began. We proudly align with the goals of The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries, spearheaded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. Aligned with Dubai’s Creative Economy Strategy, our initiatives aim to position the emirate as a global hub for creativity by 2025. Through our ongoing efforts, we strive to lead the charge in both the physical and digital realms of the UAE’s creative community. We invite you to immerse yourself in this edition and join us in celebrating the boundless talent and potential of our creative industry.

Magzoid Magazine is delighted to announce the third edition of the coffee table book - Artists in Focus 2024, a publication dedicated to honoring and championing the exceptional work of artists. Our mission is to shine a spotlight on the hard work and dedication of these individuals, who are driving positive change and shaping a brighter future through their creativity.

As the foremost luxury magazine in the creative realm of the MENA region, we are committed to fostering and expanding the creative economy. With a vision rooted in the pillars of Creativity, Unity, Innovation, and Upliftment, we aim to cultivate a vibrant community of creatives across all disciplines, poised to usher in a new era of excellence.

Handpicking 50 artists for this edition, we curated a diverse selection to showcase their unique talents and contributions. Magzoid Magazine owes its success to the visionary leadership and support of the UAE, where our journey began. We proudly align with the goals of The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative Industries, spearheaded by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

Aligned with Dubai’s Creative Economy Strategy, our initiatives aim to position the emirate as a global hub for creativity by 2025. Through our ongoing efforts, we strive to lead the charge in both the physical and digital realms of the UAE’s creative community. We invite you to immerse yourself in this edition and join us in celebrating the boundless talent and potential of our creative industry.


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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.

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.”

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.”


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<strong>Magzoid</strong> Magaz<strong>in</strong>e is delighted to announce the third edition of the coffee table book - <strong>Artists</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Focus</strong> <strong>2024</strong>,<br />

a publication dedicated to honor<strong>in</strong>g and champion<strong>in</strong>g the exceptional work of artists. Our mission is to sh<strong>in</strong>e<br />

a spotlight on the hard work and dedication of these <strong>in</strong>dividuals, who are driv<strong>in</strong>g positive change and shap<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a brighter future through their creativity.<br />

As the foremost luxury magaz<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong> the creative realm of the MENA region, we are committed to foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

and expand<strong>in</strong>g the creative economy. With a vision rooted <strong>in</strong> the pillars of Creativity, Unity, Innovation, and<br />

Upliftment, we aim to cultivate a vibrant community of creatives across all discipl<strong>in</strong>es, poised to usher <strong>in</strong> a<br />

new era of excellence.<br />

Handpick<strong>in</strong>g 50 artists for this edition, we curated a diverse selection to showcase their unique talents<br />

and contributions. <strong>Magzoid</strong> Magaz<strong>in</strong>e owes its success to the visionary leadership and support of the UAE,<br />

where our journey began. We proudly align with the goals of The National Strategy for Cultural and Creative<br />

Industries, spearheaded <strong>by</strong> His Highness Sheikh Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and<br />

Prime M<strong>in</strong>ister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.<br />

Aligned with Dubai’s Creative Economy Strategy, our <strong>in</strong>itiatives aim to position the emirate as a global<br />

hub for creativity <strong>by</strong> 2025. Through our ongo<strong>in</strong>g efforts, we strive to lead the charge <strong>in</strong> both the physical and<br />

digital realms of the UAE’s creative community. We <strong>in</strong>vite you to immerse yourself <strong>in</strong> this edition and jo<strong>in</strong> us<br />

<strong>in</strong> celebrat<strong>in</strong>g the boundless talent and potential of our creative <strong>in</strong>dustry.

A<br />

12-13 | ADEL MOHAMMADI 42-43 | FATS PATROL<br />

14-15 | AKIL AHMAD<br />

16-17 | ALADDIN ABDEEN<br />

18-19 | ALI KASHWANI<br />

20-21 | AMRITA SETHI<br />

22-23 | ANA LIZ CORDERO<br />

24-25 | ANNA CHEKH<br />

26-27 | ASMA BELHAMAR<br />

C<br />

28-29 | CARMEN OLTEANU<br />

30-31 | CASEY LYNN HANCOCK<br />

34-35 | CHIE NAKANO<br />

D<br />

36-37 | DANY BAGHDAN<br />

E<br />

38-39 | ERIK LY<br />

F<br />

40-41 | FARIS AL HAMMADI<br />

10 - 11 | LEONARDO<br />


32 - 33 | PABLO<br />


44-45 | FAZEL SHAMS<br />

G<br />

46-47 | GHALEB HAWILA<br />

H<br />

48-49 | HASSAN SHARIF<br />

J<br />

50-51 | JACK LEE<br />

52-53 | JAMIL BOUDIAB<br />

54-55 | JYO JOHN MULLOOR<br />

K<br />

58-59 | KHALIL ABDUL WAHID<br />

60-61 | KRISTEL BECHARA<br />

L<br />


M<br />

64-65 | MAHMOOD ALABADI<br />

66-67 | MAISOON AL SALEH<br />

68-69 | MANAL STINO<br />

70-71 | MARINA FEDOROVA<br />

72-73 | MARWAN SHAKARCHI<br />

74-75 | MOHAMMED FETTOO<br />

76-77 | MONA FARES<br />

78-79 | MOOSA AL HAYLAN<br />

N<br />

80-81 | NARJES NOUREDDIN<br />

82-83 | NATALYA KONFORTI<br />

86-87 | NOURA ALSERKAL<br />

O<br />

88-89 | OLYA<br />

90-91 | ORKHAN MAMMADOV<br />

R<br />

92-93 | RIAN BETINA<br />

94-95 | ROHITH RAO<br />

S<br />

96-97 | SACHA JAFRI<br />

98-99 | SAGGAF ASSAGAF<br />

56 - 57 | VINCENT VAN<br />


84 - 85 | MICHELANGELO<br />

-QUOTE<br />

100-101 | SANDEEP SONI<br />

102-103 | SARA AL HAIL<br />

104-105 | SARAH IBRAHIM<br />

108-109 | SHAHUL HAMEED<br />

110-111 | SILVIA ROSALES<br />

112-113 | STEPHANIE NEVILLE<br />

114-115 | SUDHEER PERINJAT<br />

116-117 | SYLWIA SYNAK<br />

V<br />

118-119 | VARSHA SUREKA<br />

W<br />

106 - 107 | CLAUDE<br />





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




Adel<br />

@adelm.artist<br />

Mohammadi<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Adel Mohammadi, a seasoned wood artist, br<strong>in</strong>gs over a<br />

decade of expertise to his craft, driven <strong>by</strong> a deep passion<br />

for transform<strong>in</strong>g wood <strong>in</strong>to exquisite art pieces. Rooted <strong>in</strong><br />

a legacy of craftsmanship, Adel applies his woodwork<strong>in</strong>g skills to<br />

design bespoke artworks, showcas<strong>in</strong>g precision and attention to<br />

detail. Alongside his family-operated bus<strong>in</strong>ess, “Desert Frame and<br />

Glass LLC,” specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> fram<strong>in</strong>g, Adel pioneers the fusion of art<br />

and furniture, utiliz<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>novative wood-cutt<strong>in</strong>g techniques.<br />

His key achievements <strong>in</strong>clude groundbreak<strong>in</strong>g wood art <strong>in</strong>spired<br />

<strong>by</strong> the Mona Lisa, highlight<strong>in</strong>g his mastery of angles and color tones.<br />

Adel collaborates with “Desert Frame and Glass,” enhanc<strong>in</strong>g fram<strong>in</strong>g<br />

capabilities with his woodwork<strong>in</strong>g expertise. Notable exhibition<br />

highlights <strong>in</strong>clude presentations at World Art Dubai 2023 and<br />

features <strong>in</strong> renowned galleries like Desert Gallery, recognized for his<br />

artistic <strong>in</strong>novation.<br />

Iran<br />



Akil<br />

@akilartwork<br />

Ahmad<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

A<br />

dedicated artist, Akil was born <strong>in</strong> 1988 <strong>in</strong> Syria. He graduated<br />

from the Faculty of F<strong>in</strong>e arts <strong>in</strong> Aleo and currently lives <strong>in</strong><br />

dubai.He has a summer studio <strong>in</strong> Mers<strong>in</strong>, Turkey, His assion<br />

for Arabic calligrahy began at a young age and until now he has<br />

been develo<strong>in</strong>g this skill through hilosohical and <strong>in</strong>tellectual means<br />

related to the letter’s Arabic and Islamic culture.<br />

He has articiated <strong>in</strong> several exhibitions worldwide and his artworks<br />

can be found <strong>in</strong> rivate collections <strong>in</strong> Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi<br />

Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, USA, Austria, Germany, Brita<strong>in</strong>,<br />

and Ireland. Akil’s artworks are based on Arabic musical ‘Maqams’,<br />

where he converts them from their audio attern to an otical attern.<br />

He exla<strong>in</strong>s, «When I hear a voice <strong>in</strong>side of me, I try to hold all these<br />

moments of ecstasy and <strong>in</strong>vert them <strong>in</strong>to a letter, a word, an otical<br />

language.” Akil searches for an otical modern language for the<br />

Arabic letter.<br />

Syria<br />



Aladd<strong>in</strong><br />

Abdeen<br />

@aladd<strong>in</strong>.artwork<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Aladd<strong>in</strong> Abdeen, an award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g self-taught Jordanian<br />

artist, transitioned from a career <strong>in</strong> bus<strong>in</strong>ess adm<strong>in</strong>istration<br />

to pursue his natural artistic talent. His journey led him to<br />

explore traditional Arabic calligraphy, abstract art, and portraiture<br />

through pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. S<strong>in</strong>ce mov<strong>in</strong>g to the UAE <strong>in</strong> 2014, Aladd<strong>in</strong> has<br />

showcased his work <strong>in</strong> numerous group exhibitions, aim<strong>in</strong>g to revive<br />

Islamic art and culture with a fresh perspective.<br />

Aladd<strong>in</strong>’s unique artistic style emerged through dedicated selfstudy<br />

and <strong>in</strong>tensive practice. His commitment to present<strong>in</strong>g art<br />

differently sets him apart <strong>in</strong> various pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g genres. His rich cultural<br />

heritage and surround<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> the UAE have profoundly <strong>in</strong>fluenced<br />

his art, especially <strong>in</strong> the realm of Arabic calligraphy, which is deeply<br />

rooted <strong>in</strong> Arab culture.<br />

Jordan<br />



Ali<br />

Kashwani<br />

@alikashwani.art<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Ali Kashwani, a 25-year-old Emirati artist from Sharjah, is a<br />

graduate <strong>in</strong> Design from the American University of Sharjah.<br />

Currently pursu<strong>in</strong>g a Master’s <strong>in</strong> Art History at Sorbonne<br />

University Abu Dhabi, he has participated <strong>in</strong> over 60 national events<br />

and exhibitions s<strong>in</strong>ce 2012. Collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with cultural <strong>in</strong>stitutions<br />

like Abu Dhabi Culture and Louvre Abu Dhabi, Ali has showcased<br />

his talent globally, represent<strong>in</strong>g the UAE at Worldskills Abu Dhabi<br />

2017 and w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g accolades at Emirates Skills 2017 and Dubai<br />

Sketch Battle 2019. Additionally, he conducts art workshops and<br />

collaborates with entities such as Sharjah Art Foundation and Dubai<br />

Expo 2020.<br />

Ali’s art style, <strong>in</strong>fluenced <strong>by</strong> various historical art movements,<br />

focuses on the human experience, <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> Arabian culture,<br />

environment, and heritage.<br />

UAE<br />



Amrita<br />

@art.<strong>by</strong>.amrita<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Amrita Sethi, a trailblaz<strong>in</strong>g NFT and Phygital artist <strong>in</strong> the UAE,<br />

left a successful bank<strong>in</strong>g career to pioneer a multimedia<br />

art genre called SoundBYTEs(c). Blend<strong>in</strong>g technology and<br />

storytell<strong>in</strong>g, she explores the fusion of physical and digital realms.<br />

Amrita’s collections like The AlphaBYTEs, The CrystalBYTES, and<br />

AIBYTEs delve <strong>in</strong>to sound and storytell<strong>in</strong>g, transform<strong>in</strong>g languages<br />

and consciousness <strong>in</strong> art. Her diverse portfolio <strong>in</strong>cludes physical<br />

artwork, sculptures, NFTs, and fashion, enhanced with augmented<br />

reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence (AI).<br />

Amrita’s mission extends beyond art; she seeks to <strong>in</strong>spire<br />

change through art and technology, empower<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>dividuals and<br />

communities to share their unique stories. Her onl<strong>in</strong>e learn<strong>in</strong>g<br />

platform, The BYTEacademy, educates <strong>in</strong> art and technology, while<br />

her BYTEkids Youth Advisory Council connects with the next<br />

generation, shap<strong>in</strong>g the future of art and tech.<br />

Sethi<br />

India<br />



Ana Liz<br />

Cordero<br />

@analizcordero<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Ana Liz Cordero’s art is deeply rooted <strong>in</strong> her Ecuadorian<br />

heritage and childhood experiences <strong>in</strong> the Incan settlements<br />

of Azuay and Cañar. She was <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> the Incan people’s<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>able practices, their respect for nature, and their efficient<br />

use of resources. This connection led her to view art as a means of<br />

preserv<strong>in</strong>g the ecosystem and foster<strong>in</strong>g unity between humans and<br />

the environment.<br />

Based <strong>in</strong> Dubai s<strong>in</strong>ce 2019, Ana Liz <strong>in</strong>corporates elements from the<br />

UAE’s diverse landscapes <strong>in</strong>to her art, embrac<strong>in</strong>g abstraction as a way<br />

to connect her Ecuadorian heritage with her current surround<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Her work serves as a rem<strong>in</strong>der of the <strong>in</strong>terconnectedness of humanity<br />

and nature, echo<strong>in</strong>g Michelangelo’s belief that true art reflects<br />

div<strong>in</strong>e perfection and the importance of car<strong>in</strong>g for the environment.<br />

Ecuador<br />



Anna<br />

Chekh<br />

@art_4eh<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Anna Chekh is multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary contemporary artist (from<br />

Ukra<strong>in</strong>e) with <strong>in</strong>credible diversity from art on canvas<br />

or digital to art with technology, NFT, sculptures and<br />

<strong>in</strong>teractive <strong>in</strong>stallations. Anna’s style is a blend of contemporary<br />

surrealism with expressionism. Artist uses cartoonish characters<br />

who play guide role of <strong>in</strong> her art. The ma<strong>in</strong> one is the Shadow Man,<br />

well-known and popular art hero <strong>in</strong> UAE.<br />

Chekh’s art is displayed <strong>in</strong> 6 countries - USA (New York), UAE<br />

(Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Japan (Tokyo), Thailand (Bangkok), Spa<strong>in</strong><br />

(Barcelona), France (Paris, Cannes). At the end of 2023 year Anna got<br />

the Golden Visa Talent for 10 years <strong>in</strong> UAE for her art contributions.<br />

Dur<strong>in</strong>g 2022-2023 Anna realized more then 20 successful projects <strong>in</strong><br />

UAE.<br />

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



Asma<br />

Belhamar<br />

@asma_belhamar<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Asma Belhamar, an em<strong>in</strong>ent Emirati visual artist, explores<br />

‘megastructures’ <strong>in</strong> the UAE’s chang<strong>in</strong>g landscape,<br />

transcend<strong>in</strong>g artistic boundaries. With a background <strong>in</strong><br />

textile design and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design,<br />

she merges design pr<strong>in</strong>ciples seamlessly <strong>in</strong>to her practice, creat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g fabric and paper <strong>in</strong>stallations. Belhamar’s meticulous<br />

techniques transform 2D designs <strong>in</strong>to <strong>in</strong>tricate 3D structures,<br />

prompt<strong>in</strong>g contemplation on memory, identity, and space <strong>in</strong> the<br />

built environment.<br />

Her work has earned acclaim locally and <strong>in</strong>ternationally, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong> New York and Abu Dhabi. As a Shaikha Manal Young<br />

Artist Award recipient <strong>in</strong> 2011, Asma Belhamar stands as a trailblazer<br />

<strong>in</strong> contemporary visual arts, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g with her transformative<br />

creations.<br />

UAE<br />



Carmen<br />

Olteanu<br />

@olteanu_carmen_pa<strong>in</strong>ter<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Carmen Olteanu, born <strong>in</strong> 1980, is a Romanian artist acclaimed<br />

for her profound portraiture work, delv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to human<br />

psychology and nature. Educated at the National University<br />

of Arts <strong>in</strong> Bucharest, she earned her PhD <strong>in</strong> F<strong>in</strong>e Arts and Decorative<br />

Arts. Olteanu’s art is a compell<strong>in</strong>g blend of realism and personal<br />

vision, reflect<strong>in</strong>g her deep exploration of anthropomorphic forms<br />

and human essence.<br />

A member of the Romanian <strong>Artists</strong> Association and a passionate<br />

educator, Olteanu’s artistic journey spans various roles <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

curator and foundation president. Her work, focus<strong>in</strong>g on the<br />

authentic representation of human nature, challenges contemporary<br />

art norms, offer<strong>in</strong>g a unique perspective that captures the spirit<br />

beyond the physical form.<br />

Romania<br />



Casey<br />

Lynn Hancock<br />

@caseypa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Casey Lynn Hancock’s artistic journey is a testament to the<br />

transformative power of passion and determ<strong>in</strong>ation. Grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up <strong>in</strong> Chicago, she found solace <strong>in</strong> art, <strong>in</strong>itially avoid<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the challenge of draw<strong>in</strong>g people. However, her journey led her to<br />

become a proficient portrait artist.<br />

After serv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the United States Air Force and excell<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

corporate roles, Casey realized her true call<strong>in</strong>g was <strong>in</strong> the world of<br />

art. In February 2017, she left her market<strong>in</strong>g career to pursue art fulltime,<br />

establish<strong>in</strong>g her studio <strong>in</strong> San Diego and later <strong>in</strong> Los Angeles.<br />

Casey’s courageous decision to follow her heart and embrace<br />

the unknown has been a reward<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g experience,<br />

demonstrat<strong>in</strong>g the transformative power of unwaver<strong>in</strong>g dedication<br />

to one’s artistic journey.<br />

California<br />




YOU CAN<br />


REAL.<br />

Pablo Picasso<br />




Chie<br />

Nakano<br />

@chienakano.art<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Chie, a contemporary ar0st born <strong>in</strong> Japan, unfolds a fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g<br />

journey from her homeland to Spa<strong>in</strong> and ultimately to Dubai,<br />

reflect<strong>in</strong>g a captivat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tersection of diverse cultures and<br />

artistic <strong>in</strong>fluences. In Madrid, Chie built a solid foundation <strong>in</strong> human<br />

figure, draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from the 19th-century Old Masters,<br />

whose contributions were essential <strong>in</strong> shap<strong>in</strong>g her unique style.<br />

Inspired <strong>by</strong> Dubai’s landscape and diversity, Chie captures the<br />

beauty <strong>in</strong> various ethnicities, cultures, and beliefs. Her artwork is an<br />

excit<strong>in</strong>g blend of her Japanese roots, European <strong>in</strong>fluences and the<br />

rich vibrancy of the Middle East.<br />

Chie has participated <strong>in</strong> numerous exhibitions <strong>in</strong> Madrid, Paris,<br />

Venice and the UAE.<br />

Japan<br />



Dany<br />

Baghdan<br />

@chaosdan<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Dany Baghdan’s passion for photography, ignited <strong>in</strong><br />

childhood, was nurtured through his graphic design studies<br />

at university. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from the rich tapestry of<br />

life, Baghdan’s art delves <strong>in</strong>to the relationship between chaos and<br />

beauty, resonat<strong>in</strong>g with Nietzsche’s philosophy. His artistic merit<br />

was recognized <strong>in</strong> the UNDP’s “Go Green” <strong>in</strong>itiative <strong>in</strong> 2003, and<br />

further solidified with his 2023 exhibition at Maissane Design <strong>in</strong> Abu<br />

Dhabi.<br />

Beyond mere hob<strong>by</strong>, Baghdan’s photography, particularly his<br />

<strong>in</strong>frared black and white series on dried flowers, has garnered<br />

attention from collectors and publications. This series, a testament to<br />

the ephemeral beauty of existence, reflects Baghdan’s commitment to<br />

captur<strong>in</strong>g moments that <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e chaos and beauty, encourag<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a contemplative engagement with the complexities of the modern<br />

world.<br />

Iran<br />



Erik<br />

Ly<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

@eriklyart<br />

Erik Ly, a California native <strong>in</strong> the San Gabriel Valley, embodies<br />

unyield<strong>in</strong>g passion and dedication to art. Draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from cartoons and video games, he pursued his artistic dreams<br />

at the Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD). Learn<strong>in</strong>g that skill<br />

and portfolio trump degrees, he ref<strong>in</strong>ed his craft through freelance<br />

work and network<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Erik’s artistic journey extends beyond the digital canvas, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

collaborations with notable companies. His style emphasizes strong<br />

l<strong>in</strong>es, vibrant colors, and vivid contrasts, <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> renowned<br />

artists. Erik Ly’s story <strong>in</strong>spires aspir<strong>in</strong>g artists to pursue their<br />

creative passions.<br />

California<br />



Faris Al<br />

Hammadi<br />

@faris__art<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Faris Al Hammadi, an accomplished Emirati visual artist<br />

born <strong>in</strong> 1990, has honed his craft <strong>in</strong> draw<strong>in</strong>g figures and<br />

oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. His artistic journey has seen him participate<br />

<strong>in</strong> numerous exhibitions and diverse scientific and community<br />

events, with notable showcases <strong>in</strong> countries like Brazil and Greece.<br />

In addition to his prolific output as an artist, Al Hammadi has also<br />

obta<strong>in</strong>ed certification as a qualified tra<strong>in</strong>er <strong>in</strong> the arts, showcas<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his commitment to shar<strong>in</strong>g his knowledge and skills with others.<br />

He has facilitated numerous artistic workshops across all levels,<br />

contribut<strong>in</strong>g to the development of budd<strong>in</strong>g artists <strong>in</strong> his community.<br />

Furthermore, Al Hammadi boasts a certificate from Illusion and<br />

has successfully produced various art-related products. Technical<br />

and deal<strong>in</strong>g with many governmental <strong>in</strong>stitutions and organizations.<br />

UAE<br />



Fats<br />

Patrol<br />

@fatspatrol<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

In the heart of Dubai, artist Fatspatrol emerges as a unique<br />

voice shaped <strong>by</strong> a multicultural journey from India to Canada.<br />

Inspired <strong>by</strong> the power of black, their art signifies rebellion, selfexpression,<br />

and freedom. Beyond the studio, Fatspatrol pioneered<br />

street art <strong>in</strong> Dubai, leav<strong>in</strong>g a mark on the city’s cultural landscape,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award.<br />

Their work transcends borders, resonat<strong>in</strong>g with global audiences,<br />

address<strong>in</strong>g themes of identity and human connection. Influenced<br />

<strong>by</strong> comics, textiles, mythology, and graffiti, Fatspatrol’s eclectic style<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites <strong>in</strong>trospection and exploration. In a chang<strong>in</strong>g world, their<br />

art stands as a beacon of resilience and creativity, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g future<br />

generations.<br />

India<br />



Fazel<br />

@fazel.shams.calligraphy<br />

Shams<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Fazel Shams is a 42 years old artist from Iran. I graduated <strong>in</strong><br />

the field of chemistry. Seven years ago I started this work as a<br />

self-taught, without know<strong>in</strong>g the pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of art. 7 years ago,<br />

when I was very disappo<strong>in</strong>ted and failed, I wrote a few l<strong>in</strong>es on the<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g table with a white board marker, as I always wrote to myself<br />

whenever I was sad or disappo<strong>in</strong>ted s<strong>in</strong>ce I was a child , I posted a<br />

photo of that table on my personal Instagram.<br />

Some of my close friends laughed at me, but one person said<br />

I want this on canvas, but I didn’t know canvas, nor work<strong>in</strong>g with<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t, I had never touched a brush until that day, I didn’t even have<br />

the money to buy the materials, and I wanted to say no, I can’t, but I<br />

didn’t know that a new chapter would start for me from here, I wrote<br />

that pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, which is an <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g story <strong>by</strong> itself, I am proud that I<br />

was on a path due to an event that I had no knowledge of. Today, this<br />

path means me, and I mean this path!<br />

Iran<br />



Ghaleb<br />

Hawila<br />

@ ghalebhawila<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Ghaleb Hawila, Arabic Calligraphy Artist, born <strong>in</strong> 1992 <strong>in</strong><br />

Borj el Chemali, Tyre, south of Lebanon. He studied Graphic<br />

Design as an undergraduate and then went on to study the<br />

classical art of Arabic calligraphy with acclaimed masters.<br />

Fasc<strong>in</strong>ated <strong>by</strong> the endless possibilities of this timeless art, Ghaleb<br />

seeks to approach it with a new eye. His work comes from deep<br />

understand<strong>in</strong>g of Middle-Eastern heritage, spiritual paths, and<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>uous search for orig<strong>in</strong>, cause and effect. His work “Nuqta”<br />

participated <strong>in</strong> The Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial 8th edition 2018,<br />

and then <strong>in</strong> 2020 at the French Institution <strong>in</strong> Beirut. His work on<br />

streets is now spread between the UK and Beirut and participated <strong>in</strong><br />

a number of collective exhibitions. His work was also showcased <strong>in</strong><br />

the Urban Art Biennale <strong>in</strong> Germany <strong>in</strong> 2018 and at the Dubai Opera<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2021 with the Khawla Art and Culture Foundation.<br />

Lebanon<br />



Hassan<br />

Sharif<br />

@andrea<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Hassan Sharif, born <strong>in</strong> the UAE on January 1, 1951, is<br />

a pioneer<strong>in</strong>g force <strong>in</strong> contemporary art, particularly<br />

conceptual art <strong>in</strong> the Gulf. Based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, his multifaceted<br />

practice <strong>in</strong>cludes sculpture, <strong>in</strong>stallation, performance, and draw<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

challeng<strong>in</strong>g artistic norms and redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g expression. Sharif’s<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluence extends beyond his art; he was a prolific writer, offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>sights <strong>in</strong>to his creative process.<br />

His impact is global, with works <strong>in</strong> prestigious collections like the<br />

Guggenheim and Centre Pompidou. Sharif founded Al Marijah Art<br />

Atelier, shap<strong>in</strong>g the UAE’s art scene and nurtur<strong>in</strong>g emerg<strong>in</strong>g talent.<br />

His legacy embodies the power of artistic vision and dedication,<br />

<strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g creativity, transcend<strong>in</strong>g boundaries, and foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>gful dialogue.<br />

UAE<br />



Jack<br />

Lee<br />

@jacklee.art<br />

Jack Lee, an award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g artist resid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

2006, deeply engages with UAE culture. He not only teaches F<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Art but also conducts workshops and lectures at educational<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g serv<strong>in</strong>g as a private teacher to royal families.<br />

As an Emirates F<strong>in</strong>e Art Society member, Jack has garnered<br />

recognition with numerous awards <strong>in</strong> national and <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

competitions. His sought-after artworks are collected <strong>by</strong> UAE rulers<br />

and art enthusiasts worldwide.<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Jack Lee’s artistic journey <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi is a fusion of cultural<br />

immersion and artistic excellence. His role as an educator, mentor,<br />

and artist underscores his commitment to bridg<strong>in</strong>g cultures and<br />

preserv<strong>in</strong>g heritage through art. His contributions have earned<br />

him accolades, mak<strong>in</strong>g him a celebrated figure <strong>in</strong> both the local and<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational art scenes.<br />

Ch<strong>in</strong>a<br />



Jamil<br />

Boudiab<br />

@boudiabjamil<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Jamil Boudiab, a Lebanese artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE, creates<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that capture the essence of everyday life through a<br />

dynamic color palette and symbolic scenes. His style, blend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Impressionism with realism, focuses on solitary figures, evok<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>timacy and anticipation. Boudiab has exhibited at notable venues<br />

like Art3F Brussels, World Art Dubai, and the Carrousel du Louvre Art<br />

Fair. His art, <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong> the <strong>in</strong>teraction between <strong>in</strong>ternal emotions<br />

and the external world, <strong>in</strong>volves a thoughtful creative process. He<br />

utilizes oil pa<strong>in</strong>ts for their vibrant colors and smooth blend<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

aim<strong>in</strong>g to convey genu<strong>in</strong>e emotions and provoke contemplation on<br />

the human experience <strong>in</strong> the modern world.<br />

For more detailed <strong>in</strong>formation about Jamil Boudiab’s art and<br />

philosophy, you can explore his artistic statement and creative<br />

process on his website.<br />

Lebanon<br />



Jyo John<br />

Mulloor<br />

@ jyo_john_mulloor<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Born <strong>in</strong> Kerala, India, <strong>in</strong> 1984, Jyo John Mulloor’s artistic<br />

journey began with traditional art tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> one of Kerala’s<br />

premier F<strong>in</strong>e Arts schools, specializ<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Applied Art.<br />

Graduat<strong>in</strong>g from this foundation, he ventured <strong>in</strong>to the realm of<br />

digital art, harness<strong>in</strong>g technology to express his creativity. Over 18<br />

years <strong>in</strong> Dubai, Mulloor honed his skills, establish<strong>in</strong>g himself as a<br />

digital artist of note.<br />

Mulloor’s artistry lies <strong>in</strong> his seamless adaptation to new<br />

technologies. From master<strong>in</strong>g tools like Photoshop to pioneer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the <strong>in</strong>tegration of artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence (AI) <strong>in</strong> his work, he creates<br />

captivat<strong>in</strong>g pieces that blend technological <strong>in</strong>novation with human<br />

expression. With each creation, Mulloor cont<strong>in</strong>ues to push the<br />

boundaries of digital art, captivat<strong>in</strong>g audiences with his imag<strong>in</strong>ative<br />

and emotive works.<br />

India<br />





I AM IN IT<br />


HEART.<br />

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




Khalil<br />

Abdul Wahid<br />

@khalilawahid<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Khalil Abdul Wahid embarked on his artistic journey under<br />

the mentorship of Hassan Sharif at Al Marsam Al Hur<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g the 1980s. Inspired <strong>by</strong> this experience, he dedicated<br />

himself to both advanc<strong>in</strong>g his art and impart<strong>in</strong>g knowledge to future<br />

generations. His commitment to education led him to teach<strong>in</strong>g roles<br />

with<strong>in</strong> the atelier and eventually to the position of Director of F<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Arts at Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.<br />

While education rema<strong>in</strong>ed a significant focus, Abdul Wahid also<br />

pursued two dist<strong>in</strong>ct artistic paths. One <strong>in</strong>volved creat<strong>in</strong>g vibrant<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs on dark backgrounds, display<strong>in</strong>g his mastery of color. The<br />

other path led him to delve <strong>in</strong>to experimental videos that explored<br />

cultural and environmental themes, showcas<strong>in</strong>g his versatility as an<br />

artist.<br />

UAE<br />



Kristel<br />

Bechara<br />

@kristelbechara<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Kristel Bechara, a renowned contemporary visual artist<br />

based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, is known for her <strong>in</strong>novative use of dynamic<br />

patterns and expressive colors. Over a decade <strong>in</strong> the UAE,<br />

she has exhibited her artwork globally, earn<strong>in</strong>g recognition <strong>in</strong> cities<br />

like Tokyo, Milano, London, Côte d’Azur, and Brussels. Her work has<br />

graced the pages of Forbes Magaz<strong>in</strong>e, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar ART,<br />

and Wired, receiv<strong>in</strong>g numerous accolades.<br />

Kristel is also a pioneer <strong>in</strong> adopt<strong>in</strong>g NFT technology <strong>in</strong>to her<br />

art, mak<strong>in</strong>g her the first established female artist from the Middle<br />

East to do so. She collaborates with world-renowned brands like<br />

Glenfiddich, Lenovo, Samsung, OnStar, Meta, Birkenstock, RedBull,<br />

One Off, and WIO Bank. Kristel’s art studio is located <strong>in</strong> Dubai’s Onyx<br />

Tower, where she hosts view<strong>in</strong>gs of her latest pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

UAE<br />



Luke<br />

Adam Hawker<br />

@lukeadamhawker<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Luke Adam Hawker’s journey transitions from design to fulltime<br />

artistry, rooted <strong>in</strong> a deep connection to the world. In 2015,<br />

he embraced full-time artistry, captur<strong>in</strong>g the essence of places<br />

and people. His book ‘Together’ (2021) explores 2020’s events through<br />

compell<strong>in</strong>g visual narratives, becom<strong>in</strong>g a Sunday Times Best Seller,<br />

and sell<strong>in</strong>g over 130,000 copies. In 2023, ‘The Last Tree’ emphasizes<br />

nature’s importance. His art graces collections and establishments,<br />

and limited edition pr<strong>in</strong>ts f<strong>in</strong>d homes <strong>in</strong> dist<strong>in</strong>guished locations.<br />

With a strong social media presence, he shares his art, foster<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

community appreciative of his creations. Luke Adam Hawker’s art<br />

<strong>in</strong>vites audiences <strong>in</strong>to a shared exploration of profound moments.<br />

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



Mahmood<br />

Alabadi<br />

@alabadi_arts<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Mahmood Alabadi, born <strong>in</strong> 1986, embarked on his artistic<br />

journey <strong>in</strong> the UAE at the age of 18, explor<strong>in</strong>g visual arts<br />

encompass<strong>in</strong>g Arabic calligraphy, plastic art, sculpture,<br />

and design. His creations uniquely blend various artistic schools,<br />

highlight<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>in</strong>herent beauty of Arabic calligraphy, particularly<br />

Al-Arabi script, while captur<strong>in</strong>g the cultural essence and heritage of<br />

the UAE. Comb<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g tradition with modernity, his works reflect the<br />

nation’s evolution and progress.<br />

Notably, he has produced dist<strong>in</strong>guished pieces for both<br />

governmental and private entities, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Liebers hotels,<br />

emphasiz<strong>in</strong>g the UAE’s development and heritage as <strong>in</strong>tegral<br />

components of its identity. Renowned personalities and esteemed<br />

<strong>in</strong>stitutions with<strong>in</strong> the UAE have acquired his artworks, cement<strong>in</strong>g<br />

his status as a prom<strong>in</strong>ent artist <strong>in</strong> the region.<br />

UAE<br />



Maisoon<br />

Al Saleh<br />

@maisoonalsaleh<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Born <strong>in</strong> 1988, Emirati multidiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary artist, Author, and<br />

Founder & CEO of The Pa<strong>in</strong>tly Store, Maisoon Al Saleh<br />

works actively as an artist <strong>in</strong> Dubai and <strong>in</strong>ternationally. She<br />

graduated from Zayed University with a Bachelor’s degree <strong>in</strong> Arts<br />

and Design <strong>in</strong> 2010.<br />

She has had 9 solo shows, and has participated <strong>in</strong> around 100 art<br />

exhibitions <strong>in</strong> 20 countries, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Carrousel du Louvre Paris,<br />

Contemporary & F<strong>in</strong>e Art Basel Biennale, Art Cannes Biennale dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Cannes Film Festival, International Art Exhibition NordArt - Kunst<br />

<strong>in</strong> der Carlshütte <strong>in</strong> Büdelsdorf Germany, Exhibition of MOCAMAG<br />

Contemporary Art Museum <strong>in</strong> Villa am Kaiserweg <strong>in</strong> Persenbeug,<br />

Austria, and several other <strong>in</strong> Europe and The United States.<br />

UAE<br />



Manal<br />

St<strong>in</strong>o<br />

@manalst<strong>in</strong>opa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Manal St<strong>in</strong>o, an Egyptian pa<strong>in</strong>ter, discovered her passion<br />

for art at an early age but faced a setback when her work<br />

was tragically lost dur<strong>in</strong>g her teens. She pursued a career<br />

<strong>in</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ance after graduat<strong>in</strong>g from the American University <strong>in</strong> Cairo.<br />

Years later, at the age of 40, she rek<strong>in</strong>dled her love for pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Her<br />

comeback was met with immediate success when her first pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g<br />

posted on social media sold quickly, mark<strong>in</strong>g the start of her<br />

professional pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g career <strong>in</strong> 2019.<br />

Manal’s artistic repertoire encompasses various styles, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Modernism, Impressionism, Abstract Art, Cubism, and more. Her<br />

artwork has reached collectors across Europe, North America, and<br />

the Arab World. She has also received recognition and awards <strong>in</strong><br />

local and <strong>in</strong>ternational art exhibitions. For Manal, pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g is a<br />

lifelong passion, allow<strong>in</strong>g her to express what words cannot convey.<br />

Egypt<br />



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

Fedorova<br />

@fedorovaart<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Mar<strong>in</strong>a Fedorova, born <strong>in</strong> Len<strong>in</strong>grad, USSR, <strong>in</strong> 1981, is a<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>guished Russian figurative artist whose captivat<strong>in</strong>g<br />

works <strong>in</strong>tertw<strong>in</strong>e tradition with modernity. Presently<br />

resid<strong>in</strong>g and creat<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> both St. Petersburg and Munich, Fedorova’s<br />

artistic journey began with a solid foundation <strong>in</strong> pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, design,<br />

and graphic arts at the renowned Nicholas Roerich Art School <strong>in</strong><br />

St. Petersburg. She further honed her craft at the esteemed Sa<strong>in</strong>t<br />

Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, specializ<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> Fashion Design and Illustration.<br />

Fedorova’s artistry transcends boundaries, seamlessly blend<strong>in</strong>g<br />

elements of her heritage with contemporary perspectives, elicit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

profound emotional responses from viewers worldwide. Through<br />

her mastery of form, color, and narrative, she cont<strong>in</strong>ues to enrich the<br />

global art scene with her unique vision and expression.<br />

Russia<br />



Marwan<br />

Shakarchi<br />

@myneandyours<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Marwan Shakarchi, born <strong>in</strong> the UK to Iraqi parents, is the artist<br />

beh<strong>in</strong>d the iconic cloud symboliz<strong>in</strong>g the Myneandyours<br />

art movement. After <strong>in</strong>tern<strong>in</strong>g with Shepard Fairey <strong>in</strong><br />

2009, he settled <strong>in</strong> Dubai, where his background <strong>in</strong> Economics and<br />

Visual Communication <strong>in</strong>fluenced his unique approach to public<br />

engagement through art. His ref<strong>in</strong>ed icon serves as a platform for<br />

tailored messag<strong>in</strong>g and has garnered collaborations with global<br />

brands like Apple and Nike.<br />

Marwan’s work, exhibited <strong>in</strong>ternationally, explores societal<br />

norms and paradoxes, earn<strong>in</strong>g him recognition as a TEDx speaker<br />

and a feature on CNN’s Great Big Story. Notable projects <strong>in</strong>clude<br />

‘The Towers’ <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi (2020) and ‘The Greatest of Mysteries’ <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai (2016).<br />

Iraq<br />



Mohammed<br />

Fettoo<br />

@mfetto<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Fetto, an artist of North African orig<strong>in</strong>, draws <strong>in</strong>spiration from<br />

his educational background <strong>in</strong> scenography acquired <strong>in</strong> Cairo.<br />

Currently serv<strong>in</strong>g as a creative director <strong>in</strong> Dubai, he br<strong>in</strong>gs a<br />

rich cultural perspective to his artistic endeavors. His work delves<br />

<strong>in</strong>to the <strong>in</strong>tricacies of identity challenges and societal conflicts<br />

prevalent <strong>in</strong> North African and Middle Eastern regions. Fetto’s<br />

exploration of these themes is evident <strong>in</strong> his preferred mediums<br />

of pastels and charcoal, which he employs to convey the nuanced<br />

layers of cultural identity with f<strong>in</strong>esse.<br />

Through his art, Fetto aims to articulate the profound richness<br />

<strong>in</strong>herent <strong>in</strong> cultural identities. His m<strong>in</strong>imalist yet impactful<br />

approach effectively narrates complex cultural narratives, foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

mean<strong>in</strong>gful dialogue and understand<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

North Africa<br />



Mona<br />

Fares<br />

@<strong>by</strong>monafares<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Mona Fares, an artist straddl<strong>in</strong>g London and Dubai, channels<br />

vibrant emotions <strong>in</strong>to her art. With a passion ignited at age<br />

3, her journey spans exhibitions, murals, and educational<br />

ventures. Notably, she’s one of the first graduates from the Tashkeel<br />

Art School. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree <strong>in</strong> Art & Design (Interior<br />

Design major) and a Master’s <strong>in</strong> Fashion Management, Mona’s art<br />

journey spans two decades, grac<strong>in</strong>g the UAE and Europe.<br />

Mona’s artwork is colorful and energetic, a dance of tones, hues,<br />

and mixed media that express <strong>in</strong>ner thoughts and emotions. She<br />

specializes <strong>in</strong> traditional pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, mixed media, murals, and<br />

abstract <strong>in</strong>stallations. Driven <strong>by</strong> lum<strong>in</strong>aries like Steve Jobs and<br />

Muhammad Ali, she excels <strong>in</strong> mural art, dedicat<strong>in</strong>g herself to quality<br />

and personal attention for clients through live pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g events.<br />

UAE<br />



Moosa<br />

Al Haylan<br />

@moosaalhalyan<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Moosa Sultan Al Halyan, born <strong>in</strong> 1968 <strong>in</strong> Dubai, UAE, is a<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>guished member of the Emirates F<strong>in</strong>e Arts Society. He<br />

has actively contributed to numerous group exhibitions,<br />

both with<strong>in</strong> the UAE and <strong>in</strong>ternationally, showcas<strong>in</strong>g his artistic<br />

talent and dedication. Some notable exhibitions <strong>in</strong>clude the 6th<br />

GCC Youth Exhibition <strong>in</strong> Abu Dhabi (1990), the Sharjah Biennial<br />

2nd & 3rd editions (1995, 1997), and participation <strong>in</strong> exhibitions <strong>in</strong><br />

Madrid, India, Khartoum, and Bangladesh.<br />

Moosa Al Halyan’s artistic journey has been marked <strong>by</strong> recognition<br />

and awards, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g the top prize at the GCC Exhibition<br />

<strong>in</strong> Oman (1988) and achiev<strong>in</strong>g the third prize at “The UAE <strong>in</strong> the Eyes<br />

of Its <strong>Artists</strong>” Exhibition held at the Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.<br />

UAE<br />



Narjes<br />

Nouredd<strong>in</strong>e<br />

@narjesnouredd<strong>in</strong>e<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Narjes, an honored graduate of Zayed University’s College of<br />

Arts, ga<strong>in</strong>ed global recognition for her Arabic calligraphy<br />

s<strong>in</strong>ce 2000. Notable awards <strong>in</strong>clude honors from IRCICA<br />

<strong>in</strong> Istanbul and the Algeria International Cultural Festival. She<br />

showcases her talent across mediums at esteemed venues like the<br />

Women’s Museum and the General Directorate of Residency and<br />

Foreigners Affairs.<br />

Collaborat<strong>in</strong>g with luxury brands, Narjes <strong>in</strong>tegrates calligraphy<br />

<strong>in</strong>to their visual identities, extend<strong>in</strong>g her artistry beyond physical<br />

spaces. Passionate about shar<strong>in</strong>g her expertise, she hosts global<br />

calligraphy workshops, <strong>in</strong>spir<strong>in</strong>g others to explore this ancient<br />

art form. Her impactful journey, marked <strong>by</strong> numerous exhibitions<br />

worldwide, cements her legacy <strong>in</strong> the artistic landscape.<br />

UAE<br />



Natalya<br />

Konforti<br />

@glitchesandstitches<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Natalya Konforti, a French-American artist based <strong>in</strong> Dubai,<br />

channels her fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with color, motifs, and textile crafts<br />

<strong>in</strong>to her art. With a background spann<strong>in</strong>g a decade <strong>in</strong> the<br />

garment <strong>in</strong>dustry, she explores the profound connections between<br />

memory, community, and susta<strong>in</strong>ability. Natalya employs a blend of<br />

photography, pa<strong>in</strong>t, and textiles to convey her artistic vision.<br />

An alumna of Esmod International, Natalya has left her mark on<br />

Dubai’s vibrant art scene. She has participated <strong>in</strong> Tashkeel’s First<br />

Solo Residency and Campus Art Dubai, showcas<strong>in</strong>g her work at<br />

prestigious venues such as Warehouse 421, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai<br />

Design Week, Sikka, and DIFC Art Nights. In a multicultural context,<br />

Natalya Konforti’s art emphasizes the powerful <strong>in</strong>terplay between<br />

art, memory, and the environment, mak<strong>in</strong>g her a noteworthy<br />

presence <strong>in</strong> the contemporary art world.<br />

France<br />



I SAW THE<br />

ANGEL IN<br />




HIM FREE.<br />

Michelangelo Buonarroti<br />




Noura<br />

Al Serkal<br />

@nouraalserkal<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Noura Alserkal, a captivat<strong>in</strong>g presence <strong>in</strong> contemporary<br />

art and jewelry design, merges artistic <strong>in</strong>novation with<br />

<strong>in</strong>tellectual depth. Based <strong>in</strong> Sharjah, her work defies<br />

boundaries, weav<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tricate narratives that explore personal<br />

history, culture, and the <strong>in</strong>terplay of the known and unknown. An<br />

alumna of the Royal College of Art, Alserkal earned a Master’s <strong>in</strong><br />

Jewelry and Metal, receiv<strong>in</strong>g the RCA x Swarovski Design Project <strong>in</strong><br />

2018.<br />

Her art delves <strong>in</strong>to family history and genealogy, unearth<strong>in</strong>g layers<br />

of the past to create dialogues on identity and memory. Alserkal’s<br />

work transcends aesthetics, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to contemplate the<br />

tapestry of history, memory, and human experience, foster<strong>in</strong>g<br />

deeper connections among us all.<br />

UAE<br />



Olya<br />

@artist_olya_<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Olya, a passionate artist with a degree <strong>in</strong> perform<strong>in</strong>g design/<br />

artistry, has been craft<strong>in</strong>g abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs for over 5<br />

years. Her artworks, meticulously created <strong>by</strong> hand with topquality<br />

materials, have ga<strong>in</strong>ed global recognition, f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g homes <strong>in</strong><br />

countries like the USA, Australia, and the UAE.<br />

With attention to detail and a focus on <strong>in</strong>terior pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, Olga’s<br />

creations br<strong>in</strong>g joy to spaces worldwide. From vibrant acrylics to<br />

elegant epoxy res<strong>in</strong> pieces, each artwork reflects her dedication<br />

to spread<strong>in</strong>g happ<strong>in</strong>ess through art. Through her Etsy shop and<br />

beyond, Olga’s work cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>spire and delight art enthusiasts,<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g a last<strong>in</strong>g impact <strong>in</strong> the world of contemporary art.<br />

Orig<strong>in</strong><br />



Orkhan<br />

Mammadov<br />

@orkhan.art<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Orkhan Mammadov, the trailblaz<strong>in</strong>g media artist from Ganja,<br />

Azerbaijan, merges artificial <strong>in</strong>telligence, cultural heritage,<br />

and creativity. Exhibit<strong>in</strong>g at prestigious events like Art<br />

Basel and the Venice Biennale, he blurs virtual and real worlds.<br />

Through themes of alienation and cultural displacement, he <strong>in</strong>vites<br />

viewers to contemplate utopia and dystopia. His art underscores the<br />

importance of mach<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>telligence <strong>in</strong> preserv<strong>in</strong>g cultural heritage.<br />

Mammadov’s visionary talent challenges conventions and<br />

reshapes artistic boundaries. His project, “The Eastern Promises,”<br />

explores technology <strong>in</strong> art, offer<strong>in</strong>g fresh perspectives on tradition<br />

<strong>in</strong> the digital age. It raises crucial questions about preserv<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cultural heritage and understand<strong>in</strong>g our evolv<strong>in</strong>g world, bridg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

art, history, philosophy, and science.<br />

Azerbaijan<br />



Rian<br />

Bet<strong>in</strong>a<br />

@rianbet<strong>in</strong>a<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Rián Bet<strong>in</strong>a, a talented artist from Argent<strong>in</strong>a, currently<br />

based <strong>in</strong> Rosario, br<strong>in</strong>gs a multifaceted skill set to her<br />

creative pursuits. With a diverse educational background <strong>in</strong><br />

Communication, Art, Design, and Architecture, she expresses herself<br />

through vibrant pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, captivat<strong>in</strong>g murals, <strong>in</strong>tricate cloth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

designs, and evocative sculptures.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce her formative years, Bet<strong>in</strong>a has been driven <strong>by</strong> an <strong>in</strong>nate<br />

passion for creativity, draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from the rich tapestry of<br />

colors around her. With an unwaver<strong>in</strong>g commitment to channel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

her boundless imag<strong>in</strong>ation <strong>in</strong>to tangible works of art, each piece she<br />

creates captivates viewers with its unique energy, promis<strong>in</strong>g to leave<br />

an <strong>in</strong>delible mark on the world of art.<br />

Argent<strong>in</strong>a<br />



Rohith<br />

Rao<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

@raorohithj<br />

Rohith is a highly skilled f<strong>in</strong>e artist with a career spann<strong>in</strong>g<br />

over 18 years <strong>in</strong> 3D animation, TV commercials, and the<br />

event <strong>in</strong>dustry. Dur<strong>in</strong>g his time as a 3D Art Director and 3D<br />

Generalist, he successfully contributed to more than 500 projects <strong>in</strong><br />

Dubai. Recently, he relocated to Mysore, India, br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g his extensive<br />

expertise to a new canvas.<br />

His artistic journey is rooted <strong>in</strong> a Bachelor of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts degree <strong>in</strong><br />

Applied Arts, which laid the foundation for his digital artistry. Rohit’s<br />

creations are a reflection of his world, often draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration<br />

from his daughter’s imag<strong>in</strong>ative play world to craft captivat<strong>in</strong>g 3D<br />

short movies. His primary goal is to consistently achieve artistic<br />

excellence <strong>in</strong> his work, mak<strong>in</strong>g a significant impact <strong>in</strong> the realm of<br />

digital artistry.<br />

India<br />



Sacha<br />

Jafri<br />

@sachajafri<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Sacha Jafri, a British contemporary artist, is renowned for his<br />

large-format pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs that seamlessly blend abstraction and<br />

representation. His ascent to <strong>in</strong>ternational acclaim began with<br />

the prestigious 2000 British Pa<strong>in</strong>ters Prize, sett<strong>in</strong>g the stage for his<br />

remarkable career. Jafri’s art explores themes such as global politics<br />

and shared human experiences, with a unique fusion of curation<br />

and performance <strong>in</strong> his practice, exemplified <strong>by</strong> his 2006 tour<strong>in</strong>g<br />

exhibition “Jafri Meets Warhol.”<br />

Currently based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, UAE, Jafri’s works have risen<br />

substantially <strong>in</strong> value and found homes <strong>in</strong> the collections of notable<br />

figures like Barack Obama and George Clooney. He prioritizes<br />

artistic significance over commercial success, driven <strong>by</strong> a desire to<br />

leave a last<strong>in</strong>g legacy <strong>in</strong> the world of contemporary art.<br />

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



Saggaf<br />

Assagaf<br />

@saggaf_a<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Saggaf Alhashmi, born <strong>in</strong> 1983 <strong>in</strong> Al A<strong>in</strong>, United Arab Emirates,<br />

is a self-taught artist whose creative vision is dedicated to<br />

spread<strong>in</strong>g messages of peace, beauty, and love through his<br />

art. His passion for the rich cultural heritage of the UAE, as well as<br />

Islamic and Arabic <strong>in</strong>fluences, has been a driv<strong>in</strong>g force <strong>in</strong> his artistic<br />

journey.<br />

Saggaf’s dist<strong>in</strong>ctive draw<strong>in</strong>g technique often <strong>in</strong>volves the<br />

skillful merg<strong>in</strong>g of l<strong>in</strong>es, which form the foundation of many of<br />

his captivat<strong>in</strong>g draw<strong>in</strong>gs and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. His artworks have been<br />

showcased <strong>in</strong> numerous prestigious art exhibitions, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Emirati Expressions, Proud Expressions, Abu Dhabi International<br />

Hunt<strong>in</strong>g and Equestrian Exhibition (ADIHEX), and exhibitions at<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent universities like Abu Dhabi University, Al A<strong>in</strong> University,<br />

UAE University, and Sharjah University.<br />

UAE<br />



Sandeep<br />

Soni<br />

@sandeepsoniarts<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Sandeep Soni, a petroleum eng<strong>in</strong>eer <strong>by</strong> profession, is also<br />

an enthusiastic artist and graphic designer. With a diverse<br />

educational background, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g an MBA and MS <strong>in</strong><br />

Bus<strong>in</strong>ess Analytics, he comb<strong>in</strong>es his love for digital technology<br />

with traditional oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g and acrylic speed pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g. Sandeep<br />

enjoys creat<strong>in</strong>g personalized and affordable art that connects with<br />

people’s life, <strong>in</strong>spirations, and passions. His art encompasses stories,<br />

surrealism, fantasy, <strong>in</strong>tellect, science, imag<strong>in</strong>ation, love, and life.<br />

In addition to art, he explores various <strong>in</strong>terests such as play<strong>in</strong>g<br />

musical <strong>in</strong>struments, graphic design, yoga, origami, photography,<br />

cook<strong>in</strong>g, and travel. Sandeep’s philosophy is to live <strong>in</strong> the present<br />

while learn<strong>in</strong>g from the past and prepar<strong>in</strong>g for the future, guided <strong>by</strong><br />

the mantra “Carpe Diem.”<br />

India<br />



Sara<br />

Al-Hail<br />

@Saraa.Sketch<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Sara Al-Hail, a Qatari artist, embarked on her artistic journey<br />

<strong>in</strong> 2018, transition<strong>in</strong>g from a background <strong>in</strong> computer<br />

eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g. Her fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with colors and creative<br />

expression led her to venture <strong>in</strong>to the world of art. Draw<strong>in</strong>g on her<br />

mathematical precision from eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g, Sara creates symmetrical<br />

and accurate artworks. She specializes <strong>in</strong> Pop art, seamlessly<br />

blend<strong>in</strong>g elements of realism and patterns, <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g her works with<br />

vibrant colors and positivity.<br />

Sara’s art represents a fusion of Western and Eastern <strong>in</strong>fluences,<br />

resonat<strong>in</strong>g with art collectors’ lifestyles. She fearlessly experiments<br />

with mixed media, <strong>in</strong>corporat<strong>in</strong>g various mediums <strong>in</strong>to her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Her collection, “It Is a Small World,” harmoniously blends<br />

elements of old and new Hollywood stars and comic characters <strong>in</strong><br />

the vivid style of Pop art.<br />

Qatar<br />



Sarah<br />

Ibrahim<br />

@<strong>by</strong>sarah_ibrahim<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Sarah Ibrahim, a self-taught artist born <strong>in</strong> Lebanon <strong>in</strong> 1991<br />

and now based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, f<strong>in</strong>ds <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> nature’s beauty,<br />

particularly the serene movements of w<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> her hometown’s<br />

fields. Her unique artistic style, known as “Countless F<strong>in</strong>gerpr<strong>in</strong>ts,”<br />

reflects her personal journey and deep connection to her roots.<br />

Crafted with meticulous detail, each piece of Sarah’s artwork bears<br />

her f<strong>in</strong>gerpr<strong>in</strong>ts, symboliz<strong>in</strong>g a personal touch and leav<strong>in</strong>g a last<strong>in</strong>g<br />

impression. Through her art, Sarah aims to evoke moments of peace<br />

and tranquility, <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g viewers to immerse themselves <strong>in</strong> the<br />

memories and sensations she experienced grow<strong>in</strong>g up surrounded<br />

<strong>by</strong> nature.<br />

Lebanon<br />




DAY-LONG<br />


JOY, AND<br />

TORMENT.<br />

Claude Monet<br />




Shahul<br />

Hameed Saludheen<br />

@shahulart<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

ShahulHameed Saludheen’s art journey began <strong>in</strong> Palakkad,<br />

Kerala, defy<strong>in</strong>g his farm<strong>in</strong>g background. Self-taught <strong>in</strong><br />

abstract art, he transitioned from canvases to expansive<br />

murals, showcas<strong>in</strong>g bold graphics and vibrant colors.<br />

Paragraph 2: Influenced <strong>by</strong> van Gogh and Degas, ShahulHameed<br />

blends tradition with <strong>in</strong>novation. His art, commissioned <strong>by</strong><br />

Sheikh Mohammed b<strong>in</strong> Rashid Al Maktoum, reflects Dubai’s tech<br />

advancements and rich heritage. Despite Dubai’s pace, he rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

rooted <strong>in</strong> his Kerala memories, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g his roots while embrac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>novation. ShahulHameed aspires to make art accessible to all,<br />

bridg<strong>in</strong>g cultures and foster<strong>in</strong>g connections through creativity.<br />

India<br />



Silvia<br />

Rosales<br />

@silviarosalesart<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Silvia Rosales, an Argent<strong>in</strong>ean-American artist, boasts a 15-year<br />

artistic career, transition<strong>in</strong>g from a bank executive <strong>in</strong> Villa<br />

Maria, Argent<strong>in</strong>a, to the arts and enterta<strong>in</strong>ment <strong>in</strong>dustry. Her<br />

breakthrough came <strong>in</strong> 2003 with a TV show <strong>in</strong> Buenos Aires. In 2004,<br />

Rosales moved to the U.S., work<strong>in</strong>g as a model and actress, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

roles with Nickelodeon. This journey led to a spiritual reawaken<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

solidify<strong>in</strong>g her lifelong passion for visual arts.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>ce 2008, Rosales has fully committed to her art, creat<strong>in</strong>g vibrant,<br />

diverse works with unique techniques and heartfelt messages. Her<br />

creative process, rooted <strong>in</strong> cherished memories and feel<strong>in</strong>gs, reflects<br />

her belief <strong>in</strong> art as a medium for self-discovery. Rosales’s journey<br />

from bank<strong>in</strong>g to the arts encapsulates a profound personal and<br />

professional transformation, driven <strong>by</strong> her dedication to artistic<br />

expression.<br />

Argent<strong>in</strong>a<br />



Stephanie<br />

Neville<br />

@stefneville<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Stephanie Neville, a South African artist based <strong>in</strong> the UAE s<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

1999, specializes <strong>in</strong> textile arts. Her work, deeply personal and<br />

confessional, reflects a fem<strong>in</strong>ist perspective, explor<strong>in</strong>g themes<br />

of diaspora, memory, and susta<strong>in</strong>ability with<strong>in</strong> the UAE’s dynamic<br />

environment. Hold<strong>in</strong>g a Master of Visual Arts, her creations are<br />

an <strong>in</strong>tersection of traditional craftsmanship and contemporary<br />

conceptual art.<br />

Neville’s art is <strong>in</strong>ternationally recognized, grac<strong>in</strong>g both private<br />

and public collections. Her practice, rooted <strong>in</strong> a research-driven<br />

approach, uses textiles to portray strength and versatility, echo<strong>in</strong>g<br />

themes of identity, belong<strong>in</strong>g, and legacy. Her works, often <strong>in</strong>timate<br />

and reflective, offer a unique view <strong>in</strong>to the complexities of human<br />

experience.<br />

South Africa<br />



Sudheer<br />

Per<strong>in</strong>jat<br />

@sudheer.art<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Sudheer Per<strong>in</strong>jat, known as SudheerArt, is a Dubai-based mural<br />

artist with a f<strong>in</strong>e arts degree from India’s Government College<br />

of F<strong>in</strong>e Arts. He ga<strong>in</strong>ed recognition <strong>in</strong> 2022 with the Mural Art<br />

on Wall prize at the Waterfront Market. His art is a fusion of cultural<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluences and contemporary aesthetics, deeply connected to the<br />

spirit of Dubai. Renowned for his meticulous attention to detail,<br />

Sudheer specializes <strong>in</strong> transform<strong>in</strong>g blank spaces <strong>in</strong>to vibrant,<br />

emotive murals.<br />

His work not only adds aesthetic value but also contributes<br />

significantly to Dubai’s cultural landscape. Sudheer’s dedication<br />

to artistic excellence is evident <strong>in</strong> his ability to evoke emotions and<br />

<strong>in</strong>spire through his art, mak<strong>in</strong>g him a notable figure <strong>in</strong> Dubai’s<br />

thriv<strong>in</strong>g art scene.<br />

India<br />



Sylwia<br />

Synak<br />

@_sylwia_synak_arts_<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Sylwia Synak, born <strong>in</strong> Gdynia, Poland, <strong>in</strong> 1974, transitioned<br />

from graphic design to abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> 2014, <strong>in</strong>spired <strong>by</strong><br />

her family’s art background. Her <strong>in</strong>tuitive approach blends<br />

natural materials with layered acrylics, creat<strong>in</strong>g compositions that<br />

reflect personal emotions and nature’s beauty.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>spiration from nature, music, and personal experiences,<br />

Synak’s art aims to <strong>in</strong>spire positivity and emotional connection.<br />

Through <strong>in</strong>ternational exhibitions and nom<strong>in</strong>ations, she spreads<br />

messages of beauty, hope, and harmony, foster<strong>in</strong>g a sense of<br />

<strong>in</strong>trospection and <strong>in</strong>spiration <strong>in</strong> viewers worldwide.<br />

Poland<br />



Varsha<br />

Sureka<br />

@varshasureka<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Varsha Sureka, a self-taught artist with a Masters <strong>in</strong> Human<br />

Resource, presents “Wooden Echoes,” a captivat<strong>in</strong>g art<br />

collection crafted from reclaimed wood. Each piece <strong>in</strong> her<br />

collection embodies a unique tale of transformation, celebrat<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

<strong>in</strong>nate beauty and imperfections of wood. Varsha’s artistic repertoire<br />

spans diverse forms, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Abstract, Res<strong>in</strong>, Landscape, and<br />

Clay work, showcased at prestigious venues such as “Live Limitless”<br />

and “Paris-Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi.” Her dedication to<br />

susta<strong>in</strong>ability perfectly aligns with the UAE’s vision for <strong>in</strong>novative<br />

and responsible art.<br />

Varsha Sureka’s creative journey comb<strong>in</strong>es artistry with a<br />

commitment to environmental responsibility, result<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a<br />

compell<strong>in</strong>g collection that resonates with both artistic enthusiasts<br />

and proponents of susta<strong>in</strong>able art.<br />

India<br />



Wissam<br />

Shawkat<br />

@wissamshawkat<br />

ARTISTS IN FOCUS <strong>2024</strong><br />

Wissam Shawkat, an Award-W<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g Calligraphy artist<br />

and designer, was born <strong>in</strong> 1974 <strong>in</strong> Basra, Iraq. Introduced<br />

to Arabic calligraphy at a young age, he embarked on a<br />

journey shaped <strong>by</strong> his early fasc<strong>in</strong>ation with letterforms. Despite<br />

pursu<strong>in</strong>g a degree <strong>in</strong> Civil Eng<strong>in</strong>eer<strong>in</strong>g, his passion for calligraphy<br />

persisted, lead<strong>in</strong>g him to develop his unique style, Al Wissam, which<br />

blends traditional scripts with modern design.<br />

Based <strong>in</strong> Dubai, Shawkat is a full-time artist and designer whose<br />

work is renowned globally. He has received numerous prizes for<br />

his calligraphy and actively participates <strong>in</strong> local and <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

Calligraphy Exhibitions as both an artist and committee member.<br />

His art is featured <strong>in</strong> books on Arabic calligraphy and typography<br />

and is housed <strong>in</strong> private collections worldwide.<br />

Iraq<br />



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