Painting, Mixed media
Ahlam Alshedoukhy (1962) is a Saudi Arabian artist based in Riyadh. She originally trained as a pathologist, and currently holds positions as a consultant pathologist and professor of medicine.
Her art is spontaneous and intuitive, stemming from her hunger for new creative challenges. Her quest for inspiration and freedom of mind, and need to break the mold of social norms and rigid conventions led her to discover her hidden talent.
The messages in her work can be seen as an abstract narrative of the societal development she is a part of and the topics of gender and segregation have fundamentally motivated her artistic creativity. Her subject matter focuses on portraying the men in her surroundings in a subtle way, eliminating the facial details and thus giving the viewer space for imagination.
Ahlam uses textures, strokes, strong colors and various techniques in each painting as if she is reflecting the reality of diverse and individual women coexisting within a conformist society. Her composition and the use of emphasized lines are designed to evoke the strength of feminine willpower. Ahlam’s art documents contemporary societal development and change she is experiencing. She calls it the “Arabian Renaissance”.
Abdulrahman Al Maghrabi
Abd Al-Rahman Al-Maghribi (1970) is an academic who studied art and composition at Umm Al-Qura University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in the year 2005.
“I love Saudi heritage and culture, as it is closely associated with my sense of self and my childhood. I am deeply certain of its importance for achieving artistic identity and character for myself as an artist. Additionally, my studies in criticism and aesthetics helped me reinforce values and standards for my own artistic creativity, as the cultural context and insights into composition shaped and matured my own work.”
Al-Maghrabi has participated in many exhibitions locally and internationally and received several prizes, the most important of which were the first prize, Okaz Market, and the Coloring Saudi (Moulawan) Award. He has had seven personal exhibitions in Riyadh, Jeddah and Cairo.
Ziad Kaki (1993) is a Saudi Arabian emerging artist, based in London. Ziad’s paintings are characterized by intense colors, creating artificial effects within contours of animals and humans.
Earlier works focused on thermal imaging and background abstractions. Later, Ziad adopted a symbolic approach and plays with the transparency of the figures. Inspired by today’s current events, the paintings have evolved into staged, cinematic screenshots. By integrating various figures within the paintings, he directs a scene, filled with emotions, and leaves the viewer to interpret its significance.
Ziad is inspired by the effects of a camera lens, and how technology has impacted both artists and audiences. He depicts animalistic qualities inherent in humans and integrates historical symbols to insert additional elements into the images depicted. The interaction between figures, combined with a diverse color palette, allows Ziad to show emotions through his distressed figures.
Hamad F. Alhaib
Dr. Hamad F. Alhaib (1981) became a heart surgeon after 16 years of medical studies, so his art journey did not start with a brush, but with a scalpel. His main painting mediums are soft pastel, acrylic, watercolour, ink and gouache.
“I find art and surgery are closely related. My interest in painting and love for colours has always been part of me and has helped me connect with the world. After moving to Montreal, a city full of art, I started painting. Animals, and especially Arabian horses, are my favourite motifs, and I endeavour to depict their natural beauty to the viewer. I also enjoy painting landscapes, still lifes and caricatures, striving for realism in my presentation.”