Ahmed Mater

Ahmed Mater (b. 1979, Saudi Arabia)

Born in Abha in 1979, Ahmed Mater is one of Saudi Arabia’s most celebrated young artists. His last solo exhibition was opened by the King of Saudi Arabia. He is also, as he puts it, a man of many masks. As well as being a qualified GP he is a landscape photographer and the face of one of the region’s largest mobile phone companies.

Having spent most of his life in Abha, capital of Aseer (a region to the south of Saudi Arabia), Mater remains rooted in his Aseeri local identity. As well as leading a young artistic collective called Ibn Aseer (Son of Aseer), he is an integral part of the recent history of Abha’s Miftaha Arts Village, part of the King Fahad Cultural Centre.     


Solo Exhibitions:

2010  
Ahmed Mater, The Vinyl Factory, London

2009
Illumination, ArtSpace, Dubai

2006
Ahmed Mater Al-Ziad Aseeri, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, London

2004
THE END, Abha & Jeddah
Chewing (Mudgah), Almiftaha Art Village, Abha
Standing in Front of You, King Khalid University, Abha

2003
X-Ray Project, 6th Saudi Malwan Contest Tour, Jeddah, Beirut, Sidon, Manama

2001
Landing on the Earth's Surface, Al-Maseef Cultural Club, Abha

Group Exhibitions:

2011
THE STATE: SOCIAL/ANTISOCIAL?, Traffic, Dubai
Gifts of the Sultan, LA County Museum of Art, Los Angeles
The New Middle East, Williem Baars Projects, Amsterdam
WESTEND?,Museum of the Seam, Jerusalem
The Bravery of Being Out of Range, Athr Gallery, Jeddah
The Future of A Promise, Venice Biennale, Venice
The Art of Writing? Written Art Foundation, Weisbaden
TERMINAL, Edge of Arabia Dubai, Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai
Art Dubai, Dubai
THE STATE: UPPERS & DOWNERS, Traffic, Dubai

2010
TRANSiTION, Edge of Arabia, Sanat Limani, Antrepo No. 5, Tophane, Istanbul
Grey Borders / Grey Frontiers, Edge of Arabia, Soho House, Berlin

2009
ADACH Platform For Visual Arts, Venice Biennale, Arsenale
Edge of Arabia, Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia, Venice Biennale, Palazo Contarini Polignac

2008
The Other, Ciaro Biennale 11, Cairo, Egypt
Edge of Arabia, Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia - SOAS Brunei Gallery, University of London

2007
Word into Art Artists of the Modern Middle East The British Museum, Dubai
Artists of the Arab World, Arab British Centre, London
Art, Ecology & the Politics of Change,Sharjah Biennial 8, Sharjah

2006
Word into Art, Artists of the Modern Middle East, The British Museum, London
Saudi Photographers Delegation, Tokyo & Singapore
Son of Assir, Al Miftaha Arts Village, Abha

2005
Al Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial, Sharjah
Saudi Arts Delegation, Tunis, Tunisia

2004
Bayna, Ma'ayn exhibition, Dammam
You are so far from Earth (Shattah) Second Group Exhibition, Al Miftaha Arts Village, Abha
Shattah (First Group Exhibition), Attileh, Jeddah