Artist

Ahmed Mater

Born in Abha, 1979 and lives in Abha, Saudi Arabia

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.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The Restless Earth
La Triennale di Milano and the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi present La Terra Inquieta (The Restless Earth),...
28 Apr 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
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Continua Sphères Ensemble
Under the artistic direction of José-Manuel Gonçalvès, over twenty galleries and foundations from...
16 Sep 2017 - 19 Nov 2017
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Ahmed Mater: Mitochondria: powerhouses
For his solo show the artist investigates on the structures of contemporary geopolitics, combining religion...
24 Sep 2017 - 07 Jan 2018
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Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys
The exhibition, the first within the New York institution, is an opportunity for visitors to experience...
01 Dec 2017 - 08 Apr 2018
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But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa
The exhibition marks the final exhibition of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative. Organized...
11 Apr 2018 - 17 Jun 2018
Art Spaces
Tabari Artspace
Galleries in Dubai, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi
Galleria Continua
Galleries in Chianti, San Gimignano, Volterra
Athr Gallery
Galleries in Jeddah