Abdullah Al Saadi

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).