Mohammed Alsaleem (1939-1997) was the first to hold an exhibition in the city of Riyadh, in 1967. He became famous for his “horizonism” style that was inspired by observing the skyline of Riyadh from the desert.
In the spirit of Noor Riyadh, the first light art celebration in the country's history, a never-before-seen work by pioneer Saudi artist Mohammed Alsaleem is revealed. This work is part of a rare collection of computer graphics that he made towards the end of his life and were discovered in his Florence residence after his death, framed together with a floppy disc that includes the digital paintings' original files. The images are used to create an animated tribute to the artist’s many contributions to the field and acknowledge his trailblazing role in Saudi Arabia as a digital artist: a homage to his continuing interest in painting with light - after all, are pixels not dots of light? The tribute is projected on the façade of the King Fahad National Library, which hosts a collection of art books donated by Alsaleem.
Keith Sonnier (1941 – 2020) radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. Employing unusual materials that had never before been used, Sonnier called all previous conceptions of sculpture into question. In 1968, he began working with neon, which quickly became a defining element of his work.SEE ARTIST
Angelo Bonello (b. 1971) is an Italian artist whose visual capacity and stylistic approach is based on the dimensional distortion of scenic space and landscape.SEE ARTIST
Ayman Zedani’s (b. 1984) practice manifests between objects and multi-layered installations attempting to renegotiate the relationship between human and non-human, animal and plant, organic and inorganic, land and water.SEE ARTIST
Riyadh Art’s ten programs and two festivals turn the city into a creative canvas, bringing public art to the spaces where people travel, work and play.Explore Now
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