Muhannad Shono

Born in Riyadh, 1977

Muhannad Shono, portrait.
Muhannad Shono, portrait.
Muhannad Shono (b. 1977 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) pursues a multidisciplinary and curious practice that is in a constant state of interrogation of what lies beneath the surface of our existence. From video to robotics, ink on paper and the sculptural, Shono’s work reflects the multiplicity of his personality and his life experiences as an uprooted being with mixed origins, exploring questions on the evolutionary line of the human species.

Moving from architecture to advertising, comic illustration and more recently an acknowledged artist, he hovers between his past and current worlds as first and foremost an avid storyteller, to him, it all starts with the story and evolves into meaning. Through his work we are faced with the numerous interpretations left for us to unearth, touching religious and cultural myths intending in pushing the viewer to understand how the past can dictate human narratives we abide by.

He was selected to partake in residencies in Europe including Kunstresidenz, Bad Gastein, Austria 2017, Artists-in-Labs, Zurich, Switzerland 2017, and  Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. In 2022 he represented Saudia Arabia at the 59th Venice Biennale.

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