Hassan Sharif lived and worked in Dubai. He has made a vital contribution to conceptual art and experimental practice in the Middle East through 40 years of performances, installations, drawing, painting, and assemblage. In his early artistic maturation, Sharif rejected calligraphic abstraction, which was becoming the predominant art discourse in the region in the 1970s. Instead, he pursued a pointedly contemporary art vocabulary, drawing on the non-elitism and intermedia of Fluxus and the potential in British Constructionism’s systemic processes of making.

Sharif graduated from The Byam Shaw School of Art, London, in 1984 and returned to the UAE shortly after. He set about staging interventions and the first exhibitions of contemporary art in Sharjah, as well as translating art historical texts and manifestos into Arabic, so as to provoke a local audience into engaging with contemporary art discourse.
His works have been collected by private and public institutions such as: Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Louis Vuitton S.A, Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, Aldar, Abu Dhabi, Sittard Art Center, Netherlands, Centre Pompidou ,Paris, Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha.

In addition to his own practice, Sharif has encouraged and supported several generations of artists in the Emirates. He is a founding member of the Emirates Fine Art Society (founded 1980) and of the Art Atelier in the Youth Theatre and Arts, Dubai. In 2007, he was one of four artists to establish The Flying House, a Dubai institution for promoting contemporary Emirati artists.

Hassan Sharif is one of the artists representing the country at the UAE National Pavillion during the 56th Venice Biennale.

Hassan Sharif
Hassan Sharif
Dubai, 1951 – 2016
United Arab Emirates

Current Exhibitions

28 Feb — 02 Jul
The Arab World Institute (IMA) presents the exhibition “100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art” as a tribute...

Past Exhibitions

Is Old Gold?

Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre – DUCTAC
21/02/2017 — 07/04/2017

Do it بالعربي

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

In Search of Lost Time

Brunei Gallery, SOAS 21/01/2016 — 19/03/2016

White Cube… Literally

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
18/01/2016 — 03/03/2016

Sustaining Identity

Tashkeel
12/03/2015 — 30/04/2015

Solo Shows

2015
Images, IVDE Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Hassan Sharif: the physical is universal, gbAgency, Paris, France

2013
Approaching Entropy, Isabelle Van Den Eydne, Dubai, UAE

2012
Hassan Sharif”, Level One, Paris, France
Hassan Sharif Works 1980-2012, Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Hassan Sharif, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, USA

2011
Hassan Sharif Experiments & Objects 1979-2011, Qasr Al Hosn, Cultural Quarter Hall, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2009
Press Conference, 1×1 Contemporary, Dubai, UAE

2003
Sharjah Biennial 6, Sharjah, UAE

2001
Sharjah Biennial 5, Sharjah, UAE

Group Shows

2015
Adventures of the Black Square, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

2013
Trade Routes, Hauser & Wirth, London, UK
Two Parallel Lines, Satellite Space at Alserkal Gallery District, Dubai, UAE
Mind/Body, DUCTAC, Dubai, UAE

2012
Systems and Patterns, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Paper, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Dubai Country of birth: United Arab Emirates Date of birth: 1951 – 2016
W: Hassan Sharif M: info@hassansharif.com