Abdullah Qandeel

"Don’t be afraid to go slow, only be afraid not to advance."

1988 born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and lives in New York, USA.

Abdullah Qandeel creates passionate and unapologetic abstract paintings. Through bold use of line and color, Abdullah illustrates the coalescing of Saudi traditional norms and the vastly changing cultural landscape of the Arab world. As provocateur, he invites and instigates dialogue. His canvases decree: "I hereby state that I no longer accept the stereotype and the prison that has been handed to me over generations of time. I invite you to observe, feel and absorb the development of the new Arab culture, the revival of a new generation where investigation replaces revelation."

Since 2011, he has exhibited in New York, Monte Carlo and Jeddah gaining critical acclaim and popularity. In 2012, Qandeel was requested by the Saudi Arabian Mission to the UN to exhibit as a solo artist at the Waldorf Astoria, New York in celebration of Saudi Arabia's National Day where one of his paintings was presented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a gift to the US Ambassador to the UN. Today, Abdullah continues to explore his two favorite mediums - oil on canvas and precision drawing, while continuing to develop a singular style that is as dynamic as his personality.

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