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.
Dan Flavin (1933 – 1996) studied for the priesthood for a brief period of time before enlisting in the United States Air Force. Upon his return to New York he studied art history at the New School for Social Research and took drawing and painting classes at Columbia University.SEE ARTIST
Mohammed AlFaraj (b. 1993) was born and raised in Al Hassa, a city in Saudi Arabia that has fed into his interest in nature and ecology and led him to a multidimensional practice, from video, photography, installations and writing, through which he presents a world on the verge of collapse.SEE ARTIST
Wang Yuyang (b.1979) is a Chinese artist who creates works using emergent media but does not deliberately emphasize the novelty of technology.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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