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Abdullah AlOthman

Saudi Arabia

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Abdullah Al-Othman is an artist and a published contemporary poet born in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Upon his birth was an artistic movement that began in 1985 and continues to this moment defined by more madness and more art. Abdullah does not believe that the purpose of art is only to illustrate an issue or to apply certain wisdoms. He wants to be saved through art with the least loss. If life is his predicament, then art is his salvation. He goes to a marginal area, and treat it as a center to make things, to play and to practice art in the streets, by looking deeply into people’s faces and by his daily encounters and during sleep. Abdullah looks for questions that leads him not to answers but to other questions. His artwork starts with a question concerning life, its cycles and its effect on his and others’ existence; For him “art is life” - art means living better. 

Solo Shows

2014 The Question/More Questions - curated by Mary Teeling, Alaan Gallery, Riyadh.


Group Exhibitions

2020 21.39  Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

2019 Experiment 0.3 by Misk institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

2019 Zam by Candida Pestana, King Abdulaziz center for world culture. 

2018 winter at tantora by Royal Commission for Al-Ula. 

2018 The Unspoken word curated by Rahul Gudipudi’s CISA by Khoj International Artists' Association and Goethe-Institut. India New Delhi.

2018 Tanween curated by king abdulaziz center for world culture - Ithra. 

2017 Desert / Delta - curated by Dr. Leslie Leubers & Warren Perry, Art Museum of the University of Memphis, TN.

2017 Cities of Conviction - curated by Jared Steffensen, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, UT.

2017 Epicenter X - curated by Devon Akmon, Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI.

2017 Letters - curated by Jumana Ghouth, Athr Art Platform Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

2017 Safar - curated by Sam Bardaouil & Till Fellrath, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

2015 Postlude Volume 1: The Post Oriental Odyssey - curated by Mo Reda, The Mine, Dubai, UAE.

2015 Fast Forward - curated by Bashar Al Shroogi, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

2015 Unity - curated by Gharem Studio, A Quincy House Art Exhibition, US Embassy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2014 Caravan - International.

2014 Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Artheerenveenart, Netherlands.

2013 Rhizoma - curated by Sara Raza & Ashraf Fayadh, 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

2013 Caravan - International Exhibition of Contemporary Art, Castello della Rancia, Tolentino, Italy.

2013 In the Name of Peace - curated by Amira Behbahani, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait.

2013 Mostly Visible - curated by Ashraf Fayadh, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.


Artistry Participations

2017 Participated in a UN art exhibition in New York.

2017 Participated in an art exhibition at UNESCO in Paris.