Abdullah Al Saadi’s work ranges from painting, drawing and the creation of lengthy artist’s notebooks to the collection and systemic 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 is a graduate of the United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain, and holds a BA degree in English Literature. From 1994 to 1996 he studied Japanese painting at Kyoto Seika University in Japan.
He has exhibited internationally and regionally including: Emirati Expressions: Realised, at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE(2013); MinD/Body, Body Art and Performance in the Gulf Area: 16 artists at New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE (2013); Sharjah Biennial 10, Sharjah, UAE (2011); UAE Pavilion at the 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, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2005); 26th São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil (2004); Sharjah Biennial 6, Sharjah, UAE (2003); 5/U.A.E., The Art of the Five from the United Arab Emirates, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen, Germany (2002).