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Rashid Diab & Ahmed Jaride

November 18- December 18, 2014


Rashid Diab

Rashid Diab : “I was born and raised in Wad Medani, a small town on the banks of the Blue Nile, in Sudan. Since I was a small child I have loved to travel. I have always wanted to be somewhere else, discovering new places, different ways of living and new people.

Even growing up, I would think about my relationship with distance and space. Why do things have specific dimensions and a certain shape at a certain time? These questions became an obsession with the only solution being to paint, and continue to paint. Painting has been a necessity for me. I know that the desire to paint is something within me, part of my inner self, part of my subconscious. As time passed this need to paint and draw transformed itself into something like a biological instinct that, I believe, has strengthened my relationship with the world around me.

In 1980 I went to Spain on a scholarship to further my studies in art. At this time I began to fully appreciate my diverse Sudanese heritage and since then have maintained and developed an extensive vocabulary of images and patterns in my mind from Sudan’s cultural history.

Art is knowledge; I think an artist must be an avid reader and fully conscious of his contribution to the world of art. Every stroke, every line, whatever may be in the artist’s mind, whether apparent or not in his work, transferred or not from his mind to his art, is a part of life. This is why during the creation of a piece of work an artist could be a master of all schools or tendencies from the start to when he considers it finished. The lapse in time takes me through fractions of seconds and centuries. It really doesn’t matter if it’s in the past, present of future. What is important is how I can achieve the colour, shape and form to express this fraction of time.

However, I consider my work not just as a mere coincidence of time or an incarnation of some moment. It is actually a reflection of the human being as a conclusion, a material result of the species, which I try to express. The colour and form may illustrate moments of sorrow, happiness, hope and despair, but the most important element is that of nostalgia for this universal word. Thus, through my art I am most concerned with universality. Art, for me, is ultimately the connection between human beings. It is also what sustains cultures and indicates the material aspects of civilisations and so, as human beings, we are responsible for maintaining and developing our cultural history.

This is the belief that I wish to communicate and the dream that I am now endeavouring to make real, by creating my own world at the Rashidiab Arts Centre in Khartoum. The centre has a unique sense of colour and space and its designs are born from my innermost thoughts and feelings.”


Ahmed Jaride

About Ahmed Jaride

Born on 1954, in Casablanca
Lives and works in Casablanca & Benslimane.
Ahmed JARIDE worked as a Professor in Professors’ Training Centre on 1981, Philosophy teacher in 1985, and then he became an Aesthetics teacher in Casablanca’s Fine Arts School in 1998.
Devoted to the promotion of Art and Culture in Morocco, he established in 1998 the “Village Des Ateliers d’Artistes Association” (AVAA). A year later, he was nominated as an advisor of the Minister of culture and communication, then as a director of the Minister of Culture cabinet until 2005.
He is the cofounder of GENAP (The Grand National Exhibition of Fine Arts) with Mohamed Achaari in 2004; and the founder and the director of Zon’Art magazine, contemporary Art magazine in 2006.
Ahmed JARIDE is also the Deputy-President of AMAP (Moroccan Association of Fine Arts), Member of the International Association of Fine Arts, UNESCO, Member of La Maison de la Poésie au Maroc (Poetry House in Morocco), Member of Moroccan Writers Union and Member of National Mutual Council for Artists.
Jaride was designated in various occasions as Commissioner of Moroccan expositions abroad and President or Member of many artistic jury boards in Morocco and Abroad.
He has organized and participated in symposiums on contemporary art in Morocco and abroad, and lately: “Art Fair Casablanca/Foro Casablanca 2011, where he acted as the regional project chief; March Meeting at the biennale event of Sharjah and the International Symposium of Assilah.
Since 1987 he has participated in various individual and collective expositions in Morocco and abroad: Lyon, London, Marseille, United Arab Emirates, Brasilia, Mexico, Madrid, Brussels, Damascus, Cairo, Alexandria, Kuwait, Teheran, Helsinki, Berlin, Timbuktu, Oman, Manama, Muscat….Biennales in Alexandria, Biennale Sharjah, Biennale in Kuwait, Biennale in Tehran, Mahres-Tunisia Festival, International Symposium of the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Last individual exposition: Loft Art Gallery 2013.
Acquisitions: His art works appear in various public and private artistic collections:
Royal Palace. National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Kuwait. Kingdom of Morocco Academy. Morocco’s Academy of Science. ONA Foundation in Morocco. ATTIJARIWAFABANK Foundation. CDG Foundation Maroc Telecom Credit du Maroc Ministry of Culture Contemporary Arts National Museum, Rabat.

Shabnam Hussain

February 10 – 28, 2013


Formative Arts have always been the catalyst of Indian culture .Since Independence those arts have played a multi-faceted role in the social and cultural initiatives . The artistic endeavors of artists like Amita Chergail, Gamina Roy and Maqbol Hussein of the pre- Independence years had laid out the route for talented generations to come . Their efforts helped unleash new styles enriching the Indian art ang liberating it from the limitations posed by the miniature style that had dominated the Indian art repertoire for long .

To our good fortune we could enjoy and attest to the originality of works of art produced by newer generations such as Arpita Singh and others in a comprehensive exhibition recently organized by Kuwait’s National Council for the Arts and Culture . The Boushahri Gallery has also contributed to the introduction of modern Indian Art in a series of exhibitions over the last years . Artists like Subramanyan, Krishen Khann, Redha, Ram Kumar, Bhupen, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Baramjit Singh, Bawa and others were introduced in those exhibitions .

The overwhelming beauty of her formative designs is enthralling . The details encompassing her renderings on paper and canvas are diverse and involving in their thematic richness and formative ornamentations . The overall organic effect is a mélange of innate innocence, pure love and sheer optimism .

The major component of Shabnam’s visual experience could be traced back to the rich, diverse and old Indian heritage of fables and anecdotes.

The perceptive viewer’s residual of interacting with the artist’s endeavor wouldn’t be, we promise, less rich . Shabnam’s rather spontaneous performance yields itself to a reserved simplicity that corresponds with the innocent in each and every one of us .

Watercolors from Egypt

December 22 – January 10,2012

Artists: George Sabbagh (1887 – 1951), Tahia Halim (1919 – 2003), Hamed Abdalla (1917 – 1985), Kamel Khalifa (1926 – 1968), Hassan Soliman, Omar El-Nagdi (b. 1931), Adly Rizkalla, Mohammed Alhadidi, Samir Fouad (b. 1944), Mohammed El-Tarawi (b. 1956), Mohammed El-Ghnam.


Omar El Nagdi


Artists from Syria

March 10-30, 2013

Fateh Al Moudarres, Nazir Nabaa, Shalabiya Ibrahim, Ghassan Sebaie, Ali Al Khaled, Abdulatif Al Somoudi, Nazeer Esmael, Fouad Dahdoh, Edwar Shahda, Boutros Al Maari, Esmael Nasrat, Sabhan Adam, AbdulHameed Abdullah, Nasser Hassan Agha and Yousef Yousef.

Exhibition Artists from Syria

Art from Iran

April 19 – May 15, 2012

Artists: Salar Ahmadian, Mohammad Rahimi, Hadi Roshan Zamir, Kayvan Rahiminejad, Morteza Dare Baghi, Paiman Peiravi, Samira Nowparast, Hussein Rah Kooh & Nasser Ovissi.


Exhibition of nine artist showcase from the private collection of Mrs Mahsa Azimi.

As has been rightfully stated, the closeness, and even cultural affinity, of Iranian arts to our moods are striking . Why not? Both Arabian and Iranian peoples have consistently shared almost the same cultural roots over centuries . The Iranian arts, originated in the Persian heritage, had found in the Islamic Civilization since the 7th century a pool that conveniently offered an ideal “melting pot” that gave birth to an abundance of styles and creative methods.
Iran’s long history has been ceaselessly offering a cultural trove of inspiration to modern day artists. The multi-foliate style of Iranian arts are taking nowadays the international art circle by surprise, Those arts continue to impress the world with their originality and sophistication . The world art forums, auction houses and art galleries attest to that.
No doubt Iranian arts will definitely withstand the test of time as
always. This present exhibition attests to that too.

Alfredo Palmero

November 12 – 30 , 2012


Alfredo Palmero is the third generation of a lineage of artists that began with his grandfather, the Maestro Palmero, with whom he shares name and devotion for painting. From his grandfather he learned the academic background and composition to develop a realistic style.
His evolution as an artist is marked by figurative painters like Picasso, Klee and Velázquez rather than others styles or trends.
Alfredo’s Harlequins are famous as a metaphor for the artist himself and clear homage to the
Picassiana avantgarde. The series Meninas inspired by Velazquez, are in fact the exaltation of women and nature-mother-earth as the origin of life.
Palmero gives his characters that challenge the viewer looks, figures that are part of surreal
environments. Starting from the academic drawing, putting together tradition and modernity in the works of Alfredo Palmero can see a great artistic maturity fruit of ceaseless work and research, most notably the treatment of light and colour.

4th Annual Art Salon

June 24- September 15, 2012

Reza Doust, Mohammed Abd Al Wahab, Abd El Wahab Al Awadi, Abdul Jaleel Al sharifi, Faysal Al Labi, Gahdaa Al Kandari, sinan Hussin, Omar Al Faiomi, Hamza Bounua, Abas Malek, Esam Darwsh, Samy Mohammed, Trots Maraud, Mohammed Omar Kalil, Enzo Manara, Mohamed Al Shaik Al Faarsi, Ibrahim Ismail, Afifa Al Labi, Nwaf Ahamlii, Mohammed Al Shibani, Hassn Mousaa, Jawad Boushahri, Rashed Diab, Ameen Al Bacha, Khazaal al Awd, Qasem Yaseen, Issa Saqer, Saadi Dawood, Raja Ravi Varma, Hasan Ali Ahmed, Nasser Nassan Agha, Mohamed Hafz, Dina Ali, Abdul Hameedd Al Rebah, Masooma Habeeb.


Afifa Aleiby

Tarek Butaihi

October 11 – November 3, 2011


تقديم :
استضافة الفنان المتميز طارق بطيحي هو استمرار لمسيرتنا و سعينا الدائم نحو تقديم الأفضل لجمهورنا الكريم رواد قاعتنا من محبي الفنون التشكيلية و متذوقيها .
فكما تحرص القاعة غالبا علي تقديم الأسماء أصحاب التجارب الفنية الراسخة لا يفوتها بين الحين والآخر التعريف بالمتميزين أصحاب المواهب الواعدة أمثال السوري طارق بطيحي .
اننا أمام خطاب تشكيلي مبكر شديد الوضوح في أسلوبه و معالجته اللونية الخاصة . أنبرى كبار فناني سوريا لمباركته وحضنا على تنظيم عرضا له بالكويت وعلى سبيل المثال يكتب له خصيصا الفنان الكبير يوسف عبد لكي بمناسبة معرضه اليوم الذي نتمنى أن تجد فيه جماهيرنا المُحبة للفن متعتها البصرية والجمالية .
قاعة بوشهري

Afifa Aleiby

November 15 – December 5, 2011


Afifa Aleiby is an Iraqi artist, born in the city of basra, in the utmost southern part of iraq. She grew up in a family devoted to culture and the arts and, like her brothers, she started painting from a very early age.
She received her primary and secondary education in basra, and consequently took up her studies at the institute of fine Arts in baghdad. in the same period she worked as an illustrator for the iraqi press. After this, she left iraq to Soviet Union in order to study and specialize in monumental art at the well-known Surikov institute in Moscow.
Due to the political situation in iraq, she was unable to return to her native country after the completion of her studies. She therefore decided to go to italy and later Moscow. After having traveled to italy a second time, she settled in yemen to work as a teacher at the institute of fine Arts in Aden, where she also illustrated children’s books and magazines.
In spite of all the difficulties surrounding her many relocations, moving from one country to another, she always continued to devote herself to her work as an artist. instead of focusing on the difficulties, she regarded her life with different languages and cultures an enrichment of her expertise and experience as an artist.
Afifa Aleiby has contributed to a great many cultural activities in support of the iraqi and international democratic movement, in the struggle against terrorism, racism, war and dictatorship. She has participated in numerous art exhibitions, from baghdad and Moscow to yemen, italy, Syria, lebanon, England and the United States, as a representative of the artistic and cultural face of the iraqi civilization.
During her youth, Afifa Aleiby was introduced to the international world of art through the books and publications in the library of her family in basra. it was thanks to her family’s support that she was able to develop her artistic talents through further study.

The developments that have taken place in her work over the years, during the various stages of her studies in Baghdad, Moscow, Italy and finally the Netherlands, will be become apparent to anyone following and studying her oeuvre.
In Iraq, she was deeply influenced by the work, and in particular the colors, of the french artist Toulouse lautrec and the works of Picasso’s pink period, as well as by the finesse of botticelli, Massaccio, Pierro della francesca and other italian Renaissance painters. During her time in italy, she would be in an ideal position to deepen this knowledge of italian Renaissance art through numerous and continuous visits to exhibitions, museums and churches.
While in Moscow, the spirituality of the Russian icons made a deep impression on her, especially during the early part of her studies. later on, her knowledge was further enriched through extensive study of the rich and varied Russian school.
Afifa Aleiby has been living and working in the Netherlands for several years now. Perhaps her most important show to date in the Netherlands was the retrospective of her works in the Museum Catharinagasthuis in Gouda. At present, she is working as a fulltime artist, periodically exhibiting her work in De Twee Pauwen gallery in The Hague, as well as contributing to other galleries, such as Goda in Amsterdam and Prima Vista in Maastricht.
Afifa Aleiby has been away from her native country of iraq for 35 years now. Although she has repeatedly moved between countries during this time, she has felt connected to every country she has stayed in and all manner of people crossing her path. What she feels, in short, is a connection to humanity as a whole. it is her conviction that it is this feeling of connection, this solidarity, transcending geographical and cultural borders, which should unite all of humanity.

3rd Annual Art Salon

July 12 – September 15, 2011

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