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

11 Nov — 30 Mar
The exhibition groups 17 artists and collectives which investigate the topic of oil, considered as an agent of social, cultural and economic events. Oil, in fact, has been the triggering factor of colonial adventures, wars, geo-political upheavals...

Past Exhibitions

Collection David H. Brolliet, Geneva

Fondation Fernet Branca
27/05/2018 — 30/09/2018

Portrait of a Nation

me Collectors Room Berlin Stiftung Olbricht
13/09/2017 — 29/10/2017

Good Printing

Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde
22/05/2017 — 14/09/2017

100 Masterpieces of Modern and Contemporary Arab Art

Institut du Monde Arabe
28/02/2017 — 02/07/2017

Is Old Gold?

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

Solo Shows

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

Approaching Entropy, Isabelle Van Den Eydne, Dubai, UAE

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

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

Press Conference, 1×1 Contemporary, Dubai, UAE

Sharjah Biennial 6, Sharjah, UAE

Sharjah Biennial 5, Sharjah, UAE

Group Shows

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

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

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