6 Artists From Oman You Should Know About

Glass Art, Muttrah Souq © Juozas Salna/Flickr
Glass Art, Muttrah Souq © Juozas Salna/Flickr
Photo of Gehad Medhat
27 December 2017

Being surrounded by Oman’s mindblowing natural and architectural beauty definitely encourages creativity and inspiration for Omanis. Distinguished with unique talents and outstanding sense of art, here are some of the best Omani artists who you need to know and follow.

Alia Al Farsi

Alia Al Farsi is one of Oman’s great talents who succeeded in exhibiting her exceptional work around the globe in Tokyo, Paris, Brussels, Stockholm, Berlin, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi and Geneva. She believes in the need to explore the inner beauty and uses all creative tools to express it. Most of her work is inspired by her country and Arabic identity.

Anwar Sonya

Anwar Sonya is one of the founding pioneers of contemporary Omani art, one of the founders of the Omani Art Movement and the “Godfather of Omani Art”. He is inspired by his homeland; the charming Dhofar region in southern Oman, where Omani Bedouin women project an exceptional meaning of real beauty. Most of Sonya’s work has the main theme of Omani heritage, which reflects authenticity and is expressed through an outstanding contemporary artistic vision.


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Susan Al Said

Susan Al Said is the founder of Bait Muzna, the first art gallery in Oman and a center for contemporary film art and filmmaking. Established in 2000, Bait Muzna today is one of the main pillars of art in Oman, and a platform that discovers emerging artists and encourages their talents.

Hassan Meer

Hassan Meer is one of the founders of Stal Gallery, which is a visual arts studio and exhibition space that promotes the creation, appreciation and engagement of the visual arts in all media. He believes that art is the exploration of artistic freedom and is a way to connect with artists around the world. Meer enjoys taking creative risks and encourages new talents and emerging artists to explore new innovative artistic forms and ways of expression.

“Faces of the unknown ” oil on canvas 2m×1.8cm .

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Budoor Al Riyami

Budoor Al Riyami is another great female Omani artist, who pioneered in using modern technologies on display, which she showed at the 13th Asian Art Biennale in 2008, winning the Grand Prize. Beside video installations, Al Riyami works in painting and sculpture.

Enaam Ahmed

Enaam Ahmed is an award-winning prominent Omani artist who exhibited her work locally and internationally in Turkey, Bahrain, Egypt, Germany, France Algeria, USA and others. Ahmed gets inspiration from the ancient texts of old civilizations of the region like Aramic, Byblos, Assyrian, and Palmyrenean.

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