Naila Art Gallery of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Announces They Will Be the First Gallery from the Kingdom to Exhibit at the Emerge Art Fair in Washington D.C. on October 2nd-5th

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Gallery will bring over 15 paintings from three Saudi Arabian artists showcasing the emerging contemporary art scene.

Naila Art Gallery announced today their first participation at the third edition of (e)merge art fair in Washington DC being held at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, October 2nd – 5th. In making the announcement, Naila Development Manager Wided Khadraoui said, “We are honored to be showcasing the incredible artistic talent which exists in Saudi Arabia. We are proud to be the first gallery from the Kingdom to attend this fair, which gathers artists from around the world. The art world in Saudi Arabia is thriving and we are eager to be part of it.” The three Saudi-based artists whose work will be on display are: Marwah AlMugait, Fahad AlNiymah and Ayman Zedani.

Established in 2012, Naila Art Gallery is an independent art gallery based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It plays a key role in - and is a staunch supporter of - the Saudi contemporary art movement. In recent years, the appetite of the Saudi public for contemporary art exhibitions has increased dramatically, with the founding of new galleries and the launch of various creative initiatives.

In explaining why these three artists were chosen, Miss Khadraoui said, “We selected these artists as they are representative of the diversity of artistic talent and creativity which exists within Saudi Arabia.”

Miss Marwah AlMugait is a multidisciplinary artist who often reaches beyond the canvas by exploring media such as sculpture or video installation. Her work is often retrospective and deals with making the intangible concrete. Mr. Fahad AlNiymah’s portraits encompass his fascination and continued exploration of the human face. Mr. AlNiymah was born in a rural village, and simply started with sketching his surroundings, which has had a profound impact in the colors and subjects. The final artist to be selected, Mr. Ayman Zedani, pursued art full time after a period of working in a biomedical setting. His scientific influence is still seen in his manipulation of shape and his affinity for geometric forms drawn from his desire to pave the struggle of understanding a universal track.

In Riyadh, Naila Art Gallery hosts various high profile exhibitions through its collaborative programs with international organizations, foreign missions, galleries, and institutions promoting art and culture. In bridging the gap between traditional gallery and cultural hub, Naila Art Gallery has become a leading artistic voice in Saudi Arabia. While the physical space houses exhibitions, the gallery’s established art education program of symposiums, workshops, and seminars means it is also a space that fosters dialogue and appreciation of creativity.

Providing free admission to every show is a key part of the gallery’s objective, making contemporary art accessible to the broadest audience possible in Saudi Arabia. Naila Art Gallery aims to continue to promote the best art the region has to offer and bring it to an ever-wider audience. Being at the (e)merge Art show is a first step in an ongoing plan to travel Naila Art Gallery artists and exhibits, around the world.

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