Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium will consist of 20 sculptors from around the world coming together to produce a series of permanent public sculptures. The entire creative process will be open and accessible to the public with a program of events visits and talks. The work will be on view at the end of the Symposium before moving to an open-air gallery that will be accessible to the public.
The 20 selected artists from the 2021 edition of the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium created sculptures from black and white pearl marble in a live setting that opened up the creative process to the public at JAX District in Riyadh.
Isabel H. Langtry
Isabel H Langtry was born in Lagos, Nigeria from a Galician-Spanish and British heritage, which forms an essential part of her cultural DNA. Her objective as a sculptor is to produce large-scale works for public spaces.
Nando Alvarez (b. 1975) graduated in History of Art, Santiago de Compostela University (1999) before going on to study for an MA in Sculpture at Mestre Mateo Arts School, Santiago de Compostela, Spain (2001). He has participated in more than ...
Damjan Komel (b. 1971) graduated in sculpture and ceramic from the Famul Stuart School of Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2004). In his artistic research he seeks to tell his own story, his experiences, personal responses and feelings, as well as those ...
Ana Maria Negară
Ana Maria Negară (b. 1984) gained a PhD in visual arts from the National University of Arts, George Enescu, Iasi, Romania (2014), as well as an MA (2010) and B.Sc. (2008) in sculpture. Her artistic concept is built on the ...
Mohammed Al Thagafi
Muhammad Al Thagafi (born in 1975) is a founding member of the Saudi Society for Fine Arts. Among the pioneers of the Saudi art scene, he is a well-known sculptor locally and internationally. He holds a master's degree in sculpture ...
Anna Korver was awarded first place at Tuwaiq Sculpture year 2021 for the masterful way in which her artwork entitled ‘The Lighthouses’ fuses abstract geometrical forms with multiple cultural associations, suggesting female figures and opening a space of interaction.
Ali AlJabri (b. 1980) grew up in the city of Sohar in an environment filled with science and literature. After his formal art education, he experimented with a large number of mediums and techniques before finding his passion in marble, ...
Aleksandar Eftimovski (b. 1988) dedicated his youth to learning and exploring visual arts, especially sculpture. Aged 14, he started learning about art at the National Art School of Macedonia, with his interest in sculpture later leading him to the Academy ...
Jhon Gogaberishvili (b. 1953), is a senior figure and mentor in the Georgian sculpture scene. Graduated from Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts in 1983 (postgraduate studies), he has been invited as an associated professor at the academy as well.
Alessio Ranaldi (b. 1974) is a visual artist currently living in Berlin, Germany whose current research practice focuses on the interaction between two or more seemingly opposite elements.
Kim De Ruysscher
Kim De Ruysscher was awarded third place at Tuwaiq Sculpture year 2021 who poses, through his sculpture entitled ‘Unseen’, an open enigma in which the idea of figuration is questioned by the concept of illusion through covering.
Jo Kley (b. 1964) is founder of his own company, Ars Magnifica, and has participated in over 30 solo and 80 group exhibitions, as well as more than 60 international sculpture symposiums in 25 countries.
Carlos Monge (b. 1947) lives between Mexico and Spain. He is the Mexican and Spanish representative of the International Association for Monumental Sculpture Events (AIESM). Monge has participated in 100+ symposiums around the world since 1990.
Kamen Tanev (b. 1973) is an award-winning sculptor with a Masters degree in sculpture from the National Academy Of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria (2000). Tanev works with bronze, stone, and marble, creating abstract and figurative sculptures.
Karin van Ommeren
Karin van Ommeren studied sculpture at Brussels’ Academy for Fine Art, with a dedicated focus in stone sculpture. In 1993, she won her first prize at an international stone sculpture competition in Taiwan, for which she created a new work ...
Wafa Al Qunibit (b. 1967) is an artist and trainer with a Masters degree in sculpture from Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, U.S. (2016) and a Master of Business Administration from Columbus University (2009).
Rajaa Alshafae has a Diploma in Arts from the Penn Foster Career School, Scranton, U.S. (2008) and BA in English Language from King Faisal University, Al-ahsa, Saudi Arabia (2014). She also attended many accredited technical courses in the field of ...
Georgi Minchev (b. 1965) has a Master's degree in sculpture and theoretical disciplines from St. Cyril and Methodius University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria (1991), and is a professor in sculpture and theoretical disciplines at the same university, he is the head ...
Haider Alawi Al-Alawi
Haider Alawi Al-Alawi was awarded second place at Tuwaiq Sculpture year 2021 for his vision in condensing the experience of landscape in a synthesis of abstraction and figuration. His sculpture entitled ‘Desert Lines’ evokes the Saudi landscape, characterised by sun, ...
Fernando Pinto (b. 1975) studied industrial design at Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá (1999), Colombia before moving to Pietrasanta in Italy to study stone sculpture with sculptors Pasquale Martini and Cesare Riva.
Under the theme ‘The Poetics of Space’ three winning sculptures were selected. In first place was New Zealander Anna Korver’s artwork entitled ‘The Lighthouses’, in second place was Saudi artist Haider Alawi Al-Alawi’s piece ‘Desert Lines’, and in third place was Belgian artist Kim De Ruysscher’s ‘Unseen’.
Karin van Ommeren’s ‘Awareness Stone’ symbolizes eternity through a composition that has no beginning and no end. Ommeren studies our perception of space and volume, and is intrigued by what can be represented through the dynamic spaces found within her ...
Jo Kley's 'Cosmic Messenger' explores stone-sculpture as both poetry and prose, without using spoken language. He envisions the art form as grammar and vocabulary with no words, the entity of matter and idea, and energy itself. His work intends to ...
Wafa Al-Qunibit's ‘Allah’ is representative of her determination to speak to both the Saudi and International community, using intersecting and overlapping circles carved in marble and depicting the name of God. Throughout her work, she uses geometric design in order ...
Catharsis - Not just Eternity, but Infinity
Ana Maria Negară's 'Catharsis - Not just Eternity, but Infinity', is based on the mysterious world of the labyrinth myth, an unexplored world of both certainty and uncertainty. She describes this struggle to balance harmony with chaos and mystery as ...
Mother of Time
Fernando Pinto’s ‘Mother of Time’ is inspired by an aboriginal concept from the Kogi tribe in Colombia, in which very small stones with bead-like forms are believed to have been made by the minds of distant ancestors and are the ...
Anna Korver's 'The Lighthouses' is a triptych which combines elements of architecture with the traditional dress of Saudi women. Her work explores the connection that people have to a place, and how this becomes integrated into the view of the ...
Alessio Ranaldi's 'Unexpected' is an integral part of the research he is currently undertaking concerning the concept of action and reaction, in which two elements meet and collide. His aim throughout the project is to highlight aspects of sculpture relating ...
Ali AlJabri developed the concept for his work 'Lantern' after researching the rich cultural history of Oman. As a sculptor, his work draws on the language, traditions and knowledge passed down through generations. His sculptural work expresses and documents these ...
Carlos Monge's 'In-between' tries to signify, through sculptural language, a tactile visuality between matter and emptiness, where each one is built on top of the other in complementary opposition. Within this visuality, the marble is poured into the space, developing ...
Space (Fragment of something bigger)
Georgi Minchev's ‘Space (Fragment of something bigger)’ is an individual sculpture that is part of an ongoing series of large-format works made mainly of stone and stainless steel. The artist is particularly interested in the specific qualities of the materials, ...
Perseverance in time
'Perseverance in Time' is part of Damjan Komel's 'Seeds of Light' series, wherein seeds are considered as time capsules, vessels traveling through time and space. He uses the form of the maple seed as a metaphor for our dreams and ...
Movement in Space
Kamen Tanev's ‘Movement in Space' portrays movement and energy through creative innovation, resulting in a dynamic work which embodies motion and progress. For Tanev, sculpture is a formative process involving geometrics, physics, biology and other precise applications. This scientific approach ...
Rajaa Alshafee's 'Relations' explores the human relationship with space and the forces that influence it. Without our existence, a place is meaningless, and our interactions with a place is what gives it poetic significance, and allow us to revisit long-forgotten ...
Metamorphosis of Space
Jhon Gogaberishvili's 'Metamorphosis of Space' explores the rhythmic movement and connection between space and form, and the conceptual understanding of the metamorphose of space. Gogaberishvili's dynamic invasion of space evokes emotion and creates a poetic mood.
Nando Alvarez’s source of inspiration for his sculptural work ‘Rainbow’ is found in elements of nature that are without a determined path, elements that are usually in a state of continuous movement and transformation, like water and wind. Most of ...
Haider Alawi Al-Alawi takes inspiration from forces found in nature, which then translates into tangible artworks, such as ‘Desert Lines.’ This sculpture explores the artist's observations on the influence of the wind on the desert sand, and ocean waves on ...
Mohammed Al Thagafi’s ‘Ambition’ is inspired by the ambition of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with three rings that symbolize the first, second and third stages of the Saudi state. The graceful texture of the piece represents Al Thagafi's relationship ...
Sounds of the Universe
Aleksandar Eftimovski has focused his recent research on sounds found in nature and all living matter on the planet. His research has involved listening to and recording the natural sounds of different organisms. Each sound has a particular character and ...
Kim De Ruysscher’s ‘Unseen’ explores the unknown and new experience of creating a work in Saudi Arabia, alongside the vast unknown of the future. The unseen, the not knowing, and the veil over reality are aspects that occur frequently in ...
Isabel H. Langtry's ‘Gravity’ was conceptualized to respond to the city of Riyadh itself, with local geometric traditions reflected in the architectural features of the work, and protruding elements of the sculpture acting like a sun dial. ‘Gravity’ also connects ...
Meet the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium's curatorial experts.
Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium
Ali Jabbar is Danish, born in Baghdad, and based in London contemporary multidisciplinary full-time artist with 40 years of experience in sculpting with marble, iron, stainless steel, bronze and many other materials either in his own studio or at international sculptural symposiums.
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Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium
Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium will consist of 20 sculptors from around the world coming together to produce a series of permanent public sculptures.SEE MORE