Ahmed Emad United Arab Emirates, b. 1993

Ahmed Emad (b. Dubai, 1993) is a self-taught Emirati artist. With a background in civil engineering, Ahmed develops concepts inspired by building material, such as steel bars, concrete, and industrial scraps. He looks at the functions of these materials, which can be viewed as constructive or fatal, in relation to aspects of the mind, life and society. Ahmed often uses a mixture of mediums like pastels, charcoal, and acrylics to create dynamic layers, while intentionally allowing each medium space to move and eventually settle. Therefore, his works appear raw and his gestures are intuitive and expressive. Ahmed’s work focuses on existential themes, taking inspiration from surrealists such as Salvador Dali and Diego Rivera.

 

Ahmed held a number of solo exhibitions, including Media Ecstacy, FN Designs, Dubai, UAE (2019); Portraits of Chaos, Coffee Architecture, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2018); and Novel Insight into Art, Hamdan Innovation Incubator, Dubai, UAE (2015). He has participated in exhibitions in the UAE, including Mkkan, Sikka Art & Design Festival, Dubai, UAE (2022); NFT | IRL, Firetti Contemporary, Dubai UAE (2021); Performing Contemporary, Festember, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2019); Ras Al Khaimah Youth Council Art Exhibition, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE (2018); Color Debate, University of Sharjah, UAE (2016). Ahmed holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Sharjah.