Abdulnasser Gharem

Abdulnasser Gharem (b. 1973, Saudi Arabia)

"I have no studio so my studio is where I can find people. When I see the opportunity I go. That is my way of thinking about art."

Born 1973 in Khamis Mushait where he lives and works today. In 1992 Gharem graduated from the king Abdulaziz academy before attending the leader institute in Riyadh. In 2003 he studied at the influential Al-Meftaha arts village in Abha and in 2004 Gharem and the Al-Meftaha artists staged a group exhibition, Shattah, which challenged existing modes of art practice in Saudi Arabia. Since then Gharem has exhibited in Europe, the gulf and the U.S.A including at Martin Gropius-Bau and the Venice, Sharjah and Berlin Biennales, whilst concurrently being promoted from 2nd lieutenant to lieutenant colonel in the Saudi Arabian army. He recently made history when his installation message/messenger sold for a world record price at auction in Dubai, establishing Gharem as the highest selling living gulf artist. Gharem donated the proceeds of this sale to Edge of Arabia's campaign to foster art education in his native country.


Solo Exhibitions:

2010
Restored Behaviour, XVA Gallery, Dubai

2006
The Path, King Fahd Art Village, Abha

2004
You are so far from Earth, Shattah, King Fahad Art Village, Abha
The White Tongue Who Speaks Slowly, King Fahad Art Village, Abha
Who Keeps Watching the Sun (Sunflower Field), Death Mattered - Attileh, Jeddah

2003
Mute, Attileh, Jeddah

Group Exhibitions:

2011
Political Patterns, ifa-Galerie, Berlin
The Bravery of Being Out of Range, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
The Future of A Promise, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice
TERMINAL, Edge of Arabia Dubai, Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai
Nujoom: Constellations of Arab Art from The Farjam Collection, The Farjam collection, Dubai
Art Dubai, Dubai
THE STATE: UPPERS & DOWNERS, Traffic, Dubai
I Don’t Need Your Money Honey All I need is Love, Traffic, Dubai

2010
TRANSiTION, Edge of Arabia, Sanat Limani, Antrepo No. 5, Tophane, Istanbul
Armed, Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi
Opening the Doors: Collecting Middle Eastern Art, Abu Dhabi
CAVE: Contemporary Arab Video Encounter, Sharjah.
Emerging Asian Artists, Art Gwangju Biennale and Art Fair, Gwangju, Korea
Grey Borders / Grey Frontiers, Edge of Arabia, Soho House, Berlin
Fuck Ups, Fables and Fiascos, Galerie Caprice Horn, Berlin
Arco Madrid, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Cologne
Edge of Arabia World Tour Launch, Riyadh
Restored Behaviour, XVA Gallery, Dubai

2009
The 28th Annual Exhibition, Gulf Fine Arts Society, Sharjah
Abu Dhabi Art, Galerie Brigitte Schenk, Abu Dhabi
Taswir : Pictorial Mappings of Islam and Modernity, Martin Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Edge of Arabia, Venice Biennale, Venice
Christies Sale, International Modern and Contemporary Art, Dubai
Saatchi Online, Bastakiya Art Fair, Dubai

2008
Permanent Collection, The Greenbox Museum of Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia, Amsterdam
Edge of Arabia, SOAS Brunei Gallery, London

2007
Sharjah Biennale 8 , Sharjah

2006
Son of Aseer, Abha

2004
Bahat AL Fenon Gulf Art Competiion, Al Baha
Shattah, Attileh, Jeddah

2003
Shattah, Attileh, Jeddah