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Ali Hussain Merza

ARTFORMS

Drawings, installations, scenography

 

MATERIALS / MEDIA

Canvas, papers, collage, found objects, oil, acrylic, mixed media

 

GUIDING INTERESTS

Visual artist and Scenographer (Kingdom of Bahrain)

Ali Hussain is an artist and theatrical scenographer born in Bahrain in 1987. After graduating from high school, he chose to study theater and earned a Bachelor’s Degree (with Honors) in Scenic Design from the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Kuwait in 2010.

His passion for fine arts and theater inspired him to research and experiment in his works. He utilized open spaces as avenues to express the ideas and issues that he wishes to reflect upon and discuss in a different way.

Ali views installation artwork as being akin to breaking away from the confines of the theater’s stage. He replaces the actor with the spectator, who is also often considered to be a part of the work of art. It is here that the artist finds himself, stuck somewhere in the grey area between the worlds: the world of fine art and the world of theater.

Ali participated in many fine arts exhibitions and theatrical showcases in the Kingdom of Bahrain and abroad. Following his formal academic studies, he decided to focus his energy on the youth and conducted numerous workshops and events that revolve around children’s art. He won a number of awards over the course of his career in appreciation of his contributions in the fields of fine arts and theater, most recently, Ali was the recipient of the Dana prize at the 44th annual Bahrain fine arts exhibition in 2018, the most prestigious art award in Bahrain.

 

QUOTES

Art… Is the most beautiful human connection between peoples. We can love through it. We can disagree through it. So, art is more than just being ‘something’ for pleasure and beauty…

 

EXHIBITIONS Selection

2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2013 | Bahrain.bh | Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition – Festival of Art in the City

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 | Bahrain.bh | Nest Art Festival – Festival of Art in the City

2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 | Morocco.mo | Assilah Cultural Season
2017, 2016 | Dubai.du | Sikka Art Fair –

2017 | Bahrain.bh | Nashaz Art Exhibition – Installation art

2016 | Poland.pd | Gulf Fine Arts Exhibition –

2016 | Moldova.md | Gulf Fine Arts Exhibition –

2016 | Saudi Arabia.ksa | Hawamish Exhibition – Art Jeddah

2016, 2014 | Kuwait.kw | Kuwait International Art Symposium –

2015 | Tunisia.tn | Traverse Art Exhibition –

2015 | Italy.it | Shamal Art Exhibition
2015 | Saudi Arabia.ksa | Sketchat Group Exhibition – Sessert Designs Gallery
2015 | USA.usa | Workshop “Promoting Social Good Through the Arts” –
2015 | Bahrain.bh | Al emara 1644 workshop and exhibition
2014 | Qatar.qr | Al Asmakh Art Atelier
2013 | Bahrain.bh | Nuzul 88 workshop and exhibition
2013 | Bahrain.bh | Displacement Exhibition – Albarah Gallery

2013 | Saudi Arabia.ksa | First Gulf Festival Contemporary Art –

 

CV

Personal Details:

  • Nationality: Bahraini
  • Date and place of Birth: April 20th, 1987 ‐ Manama
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Current Position: Freelance Artist and Designer

Qualifications:

  • BSc. Dramatic Arts (2006‐2010) – Theatre Design Section, The Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts, Assalmeya, Kuwait (2006-2010) – Total Degree A (Excellent)

Exhibitions:

  • Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition, Bahrain, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018
  • Nest Art Festival ‐ Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • Organizer of ‘Nashaz’ Art Exhibition, Bahrain, 2017
  • Five directions Exhibition, Bahrain, 2016
  • Gulf Fine Arts Exhibition, Poland and Moldova, 2016
  • Organizer of ‘Parallelism’ Art Exhibition, Bahrain, 2016
  • Kuwait International Art Symposium, Kuwait, 2014 & 2016
  • Sikka Art Fair, Dubai, 2016 & 2017
  • Views Art Exhibition, Ritz Carlton Hotel, Bahrain, 2016
  • Hawamish Exhibition, Art Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2016
  • ‘Traversé’ Art Exhibition, Tunisia, 2015
  • ‘Shamal’ Art Exhibition, Italia, 2015
  • Organizer of ‘Abstract Rhythm’ Art Exhibition, Bahrain, 2015
  • Assilah Cultural Season, Morocco, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017
  • ‘Sketchat’ Group Exhibition ‐ Dessert Designs Gallery, Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • Workshop ‘Promoting Social Good Through the Arts’, USA, 2015
  • ‘Al emara 1644’ Workshop and Exhibition, Bahrain, 2015
  • Al Asmakh Art Atelier, Qatar, 2014
  • ‘Foundations’ Exhibition ‐ Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain, 2014
  • ‘Code‐switching’ Exhibition ‐ Al Riwaq Art Space, Bahrain, 2013
  • ‘Nuzul 88’ Workshop and Exhibition, Bahrain, 2013
  • ‘Displacement’ Exhibition, Albareh Gallery, Bahrain, 2013
  • First Gulf Festival of Contemporary Art, Saudi Arabia, 2013

Awards:

  • First price ‘Aldana’ award in ‘Bahrain Annual Fine Arts Exhibition’, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2018
  • First place award in ‘3rd Khalid Bin Hamad Theater Award’ for best scenography, kingdom of Bahrain, 2017
  • Suad Al Sabah Award (Kuwait International Art Symposium), Kuwait, 2016
  • First place award in ‘Al Sawari Theatre Festival for Youth’ for best costume, kingdom of Bahrain, 2013
  • First place award in ‘Al Sawari Theatre Festival for Youth’ for best decor, kingdom of Bahrain, 2013
  • Second place award in ‘In the Love of Bahrain’ contest – Isa Cultural Center, Kingdom of Bahrain, 2012
  • Second place award in ‘Joint Authority’ Exhibition (Annual Exhibition for Kuwait Universities – Public Authority of Applied Education and Training), Kuwait, 2006

 

FORMATION

Kuwait.kw | Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts | BSc. In Dramatic Arts – Theatre Design Section

 

BIO

Lives in Manama.bh
1987 Born in Manama.bh

 

LINKS

https://www.instagram.com/ali4artgallery/

 

TEXTS

https://alarab-co-uk.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/alarab.co.uk/%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A-%D8%AD%D8%B3%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B1%D8%B2%D8%A7-%D9%81%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%86%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D8%AC%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%83%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%8A-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D8%B5%D9%85%D9%8A%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%AD%D9%8A?amp

 

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AUTHOR

Chiraz Mosbah