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Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium

Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium (TISS) will consist of 20 sculptors from around the world coming together to produce a series of permanent public sculptures.

The 22-day Symposium (November 10 – December 2, 2021) is a platform for international and Saudi artists to create public sculptures in a live setting. The work will be on view for 5 days at the end of the Symposium (December 2 – 6, 2021) before moving to various outdoor locations across the city.

This year’s theme is The Poetics of Space, which explores the connections between matter and emptiness, light and shadow.

EVENTS

This year’s exciting calendar of events includes a diverse program of festivals, talks, workshops and initiatives.

Nov / Wed 10

Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium

Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium (TISS) will consist of 20 sculptors from around the world coming together to produce a series of permanent public sculptures. The 22-day Symposium (10th November– 2nd December 2021) is a platform for international and Saudi artists to create public sculptures in a live setting. The work will be on view for 5 days at the end of the Symposium (2nd – 6th December 2021) before moving to various outdoor locations across the city.

Free JAX District, Al Diriyah

Artists

The 20 selected artists for the 3rd edition of the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium (TISS) will create sculptures from black and white pearl marble in a live setting that will open up the creative process to the public at JAX District in Riyadh.

Wafa Al-Qunibit

Wafa Al-Qunibit

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).

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Haider Alawi Al-Alawi

Haider Alawi Al-Alawi

Calligrapher and sculptor Haidar Alawi Al-Alawi (b. 1979) holds an undergraduate degree in art education from King Saud University in Riyadh. Haider Al-Alawi entered the world of sculpture by attending a course of sculpting on marble with the Italian artist, Dionisio Cimarelli, and began by making small wood carvings.

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Alessio Ranaldi

Alessio Ranaldi

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.

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Anna Rasinska

Anna Rasinska

Anna Rasinska (b. 1981) works primarily with two mediums: stone, metal (bronze and steel). She studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art in Kracow, Poland (2001-2006) where she won the medal for best diploma for her work titled Metropolis- Mass- Machine.

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Jo Kley

Jo Kley

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.

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Isabel H. Langtry

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.

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Kim De Ruysscher

Kim De Ruysscher

Kim De Ruysscher (b. 1973) is known for his impressive sculptures and installations. Since 2014, De Ruysscher has been based in Varese, Italy with his work divided into several themes: time, nature, society, family and friendship.

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Nando Alvarez

Nando Alvarez

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 90 international sculpture symposiums and competitions in 24 different countries.

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Mohammed Al Thagafi

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 from Umm Al-Qura University (2016).

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Jhon Gogaberishvili

Jhon Gogaberishvili

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.

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Carlos Monge

Carlos Monge

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.

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Damjan Komel

Damjan Komel

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 of people and situations he encounters in his daily life.

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Georgi Minchev

Georgi Minchev

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 of the Sculpture Department and a member of UBA, Bulgaria.

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Fernando Pinto

Fernando Pinto

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.

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Antonio Vigo

Antonio Vigo

Antonio Vigo (b. 1972) began his artistic training at the School of Arts and Crafts (1992). Since 2007, he has combined his work as a professor of Fine Arts, currently at the Rey Juan Carlos University, with his sculpture projects.

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Ana Maria Negară

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 relationship between expressive and conceptual forms of tradition and those of the recent era.

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Anna Korver

Anna Korver

Anna Korver (b. 1980) currently divides her time between her home in New Plymouth, New Zealand and overseas where she works nationally and internationally on exhibition work and private and public commissions.

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Aleksandar Eftimovski

Aleksandar Eftimovski

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 of Fine Arts in Florence where he got his Bachelor degree.

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Ali AlJabri

Ali AlJabri

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, and solely working with the medium since 2012.

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Curator and Expert Panel

TISS is curated by Ali Jabbar, an accomplished multidisciplinary artist with 40 years of experience in sculpting, who also helped select the artists alongside an expert panel including:

Cristiana Collu (Director of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome, Italy); Nicholas Cullinan (Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK); Yuko Hasegawa (Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art); Marina Loshak (Director of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia) and Eike Schmidt (Director of Uffizi Galleries, Florence, Italy). 

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