Faisal Samra


Bahraini-born Saudi national, Faisal Samra graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He worked as an art and graphic design consultant for the Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), and later a stage designer for Saudi television. In 2004 he taught in the Fine Arts department of the Amman University in Jordan and obtained his first artist residency in Paris, at the Cite International des Arts, in 2005, which he continues to be a part of today.

After having lived and worked in Paris, New York, Beirut, and spending time in Marrakesh and the far-east, Samra describes himself as a ‘nomad wandering through time’. The cultural amalgam of experiences has led to diversity in his artistic practice. Fusion has become characteristic of Faisal Samra’s work. He combines elements of digital photography, painting, sculpture, video and performance as he tackles issues of visual culture and imagery, incorporating references to historical and contemporary realities. His work denounces the visual culture systems of mass media, advertisements or political communication and is opposed to their large-scale manipulation.

Faisal Samra has taken part in numerous group shows, including “Word Into Art” at the British Museum (London and Dubai), “Languages of the Desert: Contemporary Arab Art from the Gulf States” (Abu Dhabi, Paris and Kunstmuseum, Bonn), and “Traversée”, (Paris, Cairo, Rabat). He has had solo exhibitions in Middle-Eastern and European institutions alike, and is in the collections of The British Museum (London) National Museum (Mexico City), Modern Art Museum (Cairo), Enrico Navarra (Paris), Saeb Eigner (London), Sheikha Paula Al Sabah (Kuwait), among others. Samra has participated in Biennial’s in Singapore and Cairo, and is a jury member of the Alexandria Biennale, Egypt.


Selected Solo Shows

2007 - K.Shoman Foundation ,Amman-Jordan
2007 - XVA Gallery, Dubai
2007 - Sultan Gallery, Kuwait
2005 - XVA Gallery, Dubai
2004 - Green Art Gallery, Dubai
2003 - Art Centre, Bahrain
2003 - Agial Gallery (Work on Paper) Beirut, Lebanon
2003 - Fennel Gallery (Third World Citizen) Beirut, Lebanon
2002 - Grass Exhibition (The ultimate fire), Kuwait
2000 - Rochan Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1999 - Galerie Epruve d`artiste (Repeated & Different) Beirut, Lebanon
1999 - Alrouwaq Gallery (Other Body) - Manama, Bahrain
1998 - Masafa Gallery (Icon), Kuwait
1996 - Masafa Gallery, Kuwait
1996 - Art Center, Manama, Bahrain
1996 - Vision Gallery (Contemporary Miniatures) Manama, Bahrain
1996 - Darat Al-Funun (Nabatiyats) - Amman, Jordan
1995 - Masafa Gallery (Trace of Angels) - Kuwait
1994 - Arts Center (Nostalgia) Manama, Bahrain
1992 - Galerie Seltzer Lejeun (Sensation Plastique), Paris, France
1991 - Institut Du Monde Arabe (Le Pli) - Paris, France
1990 - Rochan Gallery, London, UK
1989 - Galerie Etenne Dinet (Acte Nomade)- Paris, France
1989 & 1987 - Sultan Gallery (Signs) 
(Moualaqat), Kuwait
1985 - Rochan Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1974 - Culture & Arts Association, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Selected Group Shows

2008 - Art Paris ,Paris (Grand Palais)
2008 - Art Dubai , Dubai (Galerie Enrico Navarra)
2007 - Art Paris, Abu Dhabi
2007 - Christies, Dubai
2007 - "Language of the desert", Abu Dhabi
2006 - Christies Auction, Dubai
2006 - IMA, Paris, France 
2006 - British Museum ,London, UK
2005 - Kunst museum, Bonn, Germany
2005 - Mairie de Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
2004 - Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg, Germany
2004 - Frankfurt Book Fair (Art book Expo), Germany
2004 - Overgaden Museum, Denmark (Video Art)
2003 - The Arabian Canvas, Dubai
2002 - Institut du monde Arabe (Kinda collection) Paris, France
2001 - 8th Inter. Cairo Biennial, Cairo, Egypt
2001 - World Museum, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2001 - National Museum of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
1998 - French Embassy-Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
1998 - Egee Art Gallery. London, UK
1998 - Award to participate at Liberty 98, New York, USA
1997 - Sixty Arab Artistes at Darat Al Funun. Amman, Jordan
1997 - Europe Art- Geneva, Switzerland
1995 - 50th Anniversary of the UN Exhibition “Dialogues of Peace” Geneva, Switzerland
1992 - Poitier Modern Art Museum, Poitier, France
1992 - Contemporary Arab Art 22 Artists


Galerie Enrico Navarra, Paris,France
K.Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan
Abdurrahman Al-awaiss foundation, UAE
Mr. Saeb Eigner, London, UK
British M
useum, London, UK
Sh.Paulla Alsabah Private Collection, Kuwait
Dr. Anwar Gargash (Gargash Enterprises), 
BuchDruckKunst e.V. Art book Museum, Hamburg, Germany
Bahrain National Museum

National Museum of Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan
Darat Al Funun, Amman, Jordan
ARAMCO, Dhahran, 
Saudi Arabia
Institut du Monde Arabe Museum, Paris, France 


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