Abdullah Al Saadi graduated from the Al Ain University, UAE, with a BA degree in English Literature in 1993 and studied Japanese painting at Kyoto Seika University in Japan up to 1996. Al Saadi’s work ranges from painting, drawing and the creation of lengthy artist’s notebooks, to the collection and systematic categorisation of found objects, and the invention of new alphabets. A great affinity with nature and rural life informs his practice, which explores the changing environment as well as personal and cultural history.
He has exhibited internationally and regionally including, Emirati Expressions: Realised at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2013); Body Art and Performance in the Gulf Area: 16 artists at New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (2013); Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE (2011); 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2011); ADACH Platform at the 53rd International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (2009); Languages of the Desert at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2005); the 26th São Paulo Biennial, São Paolo, Brazil (2004); Sharjah Biennial 5, Sharjah, UAE (2003), 5/U.A.E., The Art of the Five from the UAE at the Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany (2002). He lives and works in Khor Fakkan.