Abdulnasser Gharem

1973 born in Khamis Mushait and lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

In 1992 Abdulnasser Gharem graduated from the King Abdulaziz Academy before attending The Leader Institute in Riyadh. In 2003 he studied at the influential Al- Meftaha Arts Village in Abha and in 2004 Abdulnasser and the Al-Meftaha artists staged a group exhibition, Shattah, which challenged existing modes of art practice in Saudi Arabia.

Since then he has exhibited in Europe, the Gulf and the USA, including at Martin Gropius-Bau and at the Venice, Sharjah & Berlin Biennales. Abdulnasser made history when his installation Message/Messenger sold for a world record price at auction in Dubai in 2011, establishing him as the highest selling living Gulf artist. Abdulnasser donated the proceeds of this sale to Edge of Arabia to foster art education in his native country. His first monograph ‘Abdulnasser Gharem: Art of Survival’ was published in London in October 2011.

He is a co-founder of Edge of Arabia and Riyadh-based Gharem Studio.


Abdulnasser Gharem's work "The Path"

"Saudi artist captures Arab Spring" on CNN International

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