The tribute dedicated to Ali Alruzaiza is based on a unique group of acrylic paintings and doors designed by the artist himself and highlights his multidisciplinary skills and creative vision. Graphic shapes of triangles and circles have always been a unifying aspect of traditional Saudi houses. Alruzaiza turned these long-established decorations into very modern designs by a constant deconstruction and reconstruction of their compositions. The tribute will be a rare opportunity for the audience to see these elements move and gather to construct a complete scene, deconstruct themselves, and make the design disappear. The unlimited number of compositions created by a limited number of shapes forces the audience to admire the creativity of Alruzaiza.
After studying interior design in Italy, Ali Alruzaiza (b. 1945) returned to Riyadh and became one of Mohammed Alsaleem’s followers. Seeing the drastic urban growth of Riyadh, he decided that his challenge was to incorporate the traditional motifs of Riyadh architecture in modern design. Today, his work, especially his interior designs, is seen in many prestigious buildings in Riyadh. One of Alruzaiza’s most notable contributions to the history of Riyadh was his decision to include Al-Masmak Fort in the logo he designed for the 100th anniversary of the founding of Saudi Arabia. This logo was printed on many official documents, Saudi banknotes, schoolbooks, in celebration of that occasion, and became part of the collective memory of Saudi people.
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