Ahmed Mater is recognised as one of the most influential of Saudi Arabian artists today. He is also, as he puts it, a man of many masks. As well as being a qualified GP he is a landscape photographer and the face of one of the region’s largest mobile phone companies.

Born and raised in Abha, capital of Aseer (a region to the south of Saudi Arabia), Mater remains rooted in his Aseeri local identity. As well as leading a young artistic collective called Ibn Aseer (Son of Aseer), he is an integral part of the recent history of Abha’s Miftaha Arts Village, part of the King Fahad Cultural Centre.

Maters work, widely shown in the Middle East and in Europe and in the collection of the British Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is informed by his education and life as a medical doctor, as well as by his traditional religious upbringing and Saudi culture. His work, which encompasses photography, calligraphy, painting, installation and video, explores the narratives and aesthetics of Islamic culture in an era of globalisation, consumerism and dramatic flux. A monograph on Ahmed Mater’s life and work was published internationally by Booth-Clibborn Editions in 2010.

Ahmed Mater
Ahmed Mater
Abha, 1979
Saudi Arabia

Current Exhibitions

24 Sep — 07 Jan
For his solo show the artist investigates on the structures of contemporary geopolitics, combining religion and natural resources. By referring to Saudi society, Ahmed shows each system to be massive in both physical and conceptual reach, braided...

Continua Sphères Ensemble


16 Sep — 19 Nov
Under the artistic direction of José-Manuel Gonçalvès, over twenty galleries and foundations from the five continents are participating to a joint event – started ten years ago –  which will allow the visitors to discover ambitious and generous...

Upcoming Exhibitions

Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys

Brooklyn Museum
01/12/2017 — 08/04/2018

Past Exhibitions

The Restless Earth

Triennale di Milano
28/04/2017 — 20/08/2017

Ahmed Mater

Warehouse 46, Alserkal Avenue 13/03/2017 — 18/03/2017

The End Of The World

Luigi Pecci Centre for Contemporary Art
16/10/2016 — 19/03/2017

Ahmed Mater: Symbolic Cities

The Sackler Gallery – Smithsonian Institute 19/03/2016 — 18/09/2016

Do it بالعربي

Sharjah Art Gallery/Bait Obaid Al Shamsi 23/01/2016 — 23/04/2016

Solo Shows


100 Found Objects, Sharjah Museum, Sharjah, UAE

Ahmed Mater, The Vinyl Factory Gallery, London, UK
Illumination, Artspace, Dubai, UAE
Son of Aseer, Al Meftaha Arts Village, Abha, KSA
Ahmed Mater Al Ziad Aseeri, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, London, UK
The End, Al Meftaha Arts Village, Abha, KSA


Group Shows


Here & Elsewhwere, New Museum, New York, USA

A-History, Pompidou Center, Paris, France
A Crisis of History,  Framer Framed, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Towards a New Cultural Cartography, Sharjah Biennale 11, Sharjah, UAE
Echoes: Islamic Art and Contemporary Practice, Nelson Atkins Museum, Kansas City, USA
Arab Contemporary: Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark
View from Inside, Fotofest Biennale, Houston, USA

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Abha Country of birth: Saudi Arabia Date of birth: 1979 Lives in: Abha, Saudi Arabia
W: Ahmed Mater M: info@ahmedmater.com