Multidisciplinary artist, Dubai


Maisoon Al Saleh

Born in 1988, Emirati artist and entrepreneur Maisoon Al Saleh is active in her practice both in Dubai and internationally. She graduated from Zayed University in 2010, with a degree in Interior Design. Al Saleh’s first solo show was at the Maraya Art Center, Sharjah, in Autumn 2010.
Al Saleh’s work has been exhibited in UAE at various exhibitions, including Art Dubai; Emirati Expression at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi; Macedonian Museum, Greece; Palazzo TE Museum, Italy; Centro Cultural CajaGRANADA Memoria de, Spain; and her work has also been included in many shows in the United States. 
Her art dives, sometimes literally, below the obvious meaning residing on the surface of stories and accounts of the past. Al Saleh focus on bones and skulls as a means of telling stories that transcend age and gender. She’s inspired in part by historic representational art, like the famous early twentieth century Calaveras (skull) prints of Mexican artist José Guadelupe Posada. In each painting, skeletal compositions reveal stories from Emirati life, culture and history, asserting new meaning that undermines the bones’ symbolic association with death and poison. 
In her second solo show, The Dara Chronicles she produced a set of mixed media images that explore stories and documented accounts of the Dubai-based M.V. Dara, a passenger liner that exploded in the Gulf on April 8th, 1961. She grew up hearing stories from her grandfather about that night on the vessel. Newspaper articles and other reports at the time only describe an explosion in the middle of the ship and suggest that the cause was likely sabotage. 
Beginning with an exploratory dive at the Dara gravesite itself, she exhaustively researched the event, seeking out experiences retold from different personal perspectives. The resulting art works were inspired by letters about the incident written by the shipping company and police investigators, news articles, and stories told by survivors or family members of those who perished in the shipwreck. She further juxtapose different cultural viewpoints through the presence of three suitcases symbolising the different nationalities on board—British, Indian and GCC passengers. Portraits of passengers, stories of the explosion and the events that followed illuminate personal narratives versus media accounts. 
Through these strategies Al Saleh bring viewers into a discussion about the importance of Emirati history and challenge how we think about history, memory and their representation in mainstream media.



By Emirati Artist Maisoon Al Saleh

Nigeria (Paintings)

  • 2019  Alliance Française de Lagos

Hungary (Digital Art)

  • 2017  Budapest Art Market with Etihad Modern Art Gallery 


South Korea (Digital Art)

  • 2017  3rd International Exhibition on Conceptual Art at CICA Museum


China (Digital Art)

  • 2017  3rd solo exhibition titled "DXB to PEK" at Shangyuan Art Museum


France (Paintings)

  • 2013  Villa mediterranee, Marseille


Germany (Silk screen prints, Paintings, Installation)

  • 2016    Exhibiting at ART NOMADS - MADE IN THE EMIRATES exhibition presented by Etihad Modern Art Gallery in partnership with MOMENTUM and The Sovereign Art Prize at  Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin. 


  • 2016   Grant holder of the Daman Art Exchange Program 2016 in the Art House Düsseldorf, where it included production of the exclusive art edition of four motifs with an edition of 150 each


UK (Paintings - Digital Art)

  • 2018 Royal Arts Prize, London


  • 2016   Le Dame Art Gallery organized an exhibition at Meliá White House Hotel where a digital artwork was placed - London 


  • 2014  Bonhams sale, London (Hosting modern and contemporary arab and iranian sale in their headquarters on Bond Street)


Singapore (Paintings, Interactive Art) 

  • 2014   Exhibited my artwork at the Art Science Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore


  • 2013   Solo show organized by the UAE Embassy in Singapore 


Greece (Sketches, Paintings)

  • 2018   UAE - Greece Cultural Week - Athens 

  • 2011   Roaming images at Macedonian Museum - Thessaloniki


Spain (Paintings)

  • 2011   Sharjah Cultural days in Granada at the Hall of Temporary Exhibitions of the Centro Cultural  

       CajaGRANADA Memoria de Andalucia, Avda. de la Ciencia, 2.


Kuwait (Painting)

  • 2013     JAMM Art Gallery, Auction, Kuwait

  • 2011     JAMM Art Gallery , Auction, The Avenues, Kuwait

Egypt (Sculpture)

  • 2018     World Youth Forum 2018


Qatar (Painting)

  • 2010 Took part in an artist residency program organized by Regency Art, and three paintings had been created.


Canada (Sketches)

  • 2018    Historic Distillery District, Toronto

USA (Sketches and Digital Art)

  • 2019    UAE Consulate General in New York Interfaith Iftar event

  • 2018    Hyde Park Arts Center Chicago, IL

  • 2018    Governor's Island, NYC

  • 2018    Brooklyn Art Library Brooklyn, USA


  • 2018    Ponce City Market Atlanta, GA


  • 2016    Light Up Miami -  Miami, Florida


  • 2016    Pop Up Social at 28 on 27, NY


  • 2016    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art - Memphis, TN


  • 2016    Pioneer Works - Brooklyn, NY 


  • 2016    Brooklyn Art Library - Brooklyn, NY


  • 2016    Fort Smith Regional Art Museum - Fort Smith, AR


  • 2016    Firefly Handmade Market - Boulder, CO


  • 2016    Millennium Park - CHICAGO, IL


  • 2016    Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LOS ANGELES, CA


  • 2011    Brooklyn Art Library - Brooklyn, NY


  • 2011    Austin Museum of art - Austin, TX


  • 2011    29th St Ballroom at Spider House - Austin, TX


  • 2011    Space gallery - Portland, ME


  • 2011    The granite room - Atlanta, GA


  • 2011    Hillyer Art Space - Washington, DC


  • 2011    Mercer Gallery at Monroe Community College - Rochester, NY


  • 2011    Form/Space Ateller - Seattle, WA


  • 2011    Madrone Studios - San Francisco, CA


  • 2011    Hyde Park Art Center - Chicago, IL


  • 2011    Full Sail University - Winter Park, FL


  • 2011    Exhibiting at Form/ Space Ateller - Seattle, WA

UAE (Painting, Installation, Sculpture)

  • 2020 Forth solo exhibit titled "The 3 Phase Signal" at Etihad Modern Art Gallery 

  • 2020 Art Abu Dhabi Summer Catalogue 

  • 2019 Abu Dhabi Youth Hub during its new building opening

  • 2019 Mural painting in collaboration with Ajman Municipality 


  • 2018 The New Identity at Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi


  • 2018 Warehouse421, Gallery Week exhibit with Etihad Modern Art Gallery, Abu Dhabi 


  • 2018 Dubai Cares, Scavenger Hunt 


  • 2017 Abu Dhabi Art Fair 


  • 2017 Mural painting created on a building as part of Dubai's Open Museum, located on 2nd of December Street 


  • 2016  UAE's 45th National Day Exhibition on floor N°90 at Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid - Abu Dhabi


  • 2016  Art Dubai, selected as part of the CAD 4.0  and the produced artwork was exhibited there


  • 2016  Artworks featured in a book publication titled Contemporary Art of Excellence - Volume 2


  • 2015 Farjam Foundation at DIFC, Dubai had exhibited one of my paintings in an exhibition titled 1971 Contemporary Art from The UAE 


  • 2015 Marayah Art Centre in Sharjah exhibited two of my sketches that had been part of their Burgeoning Collection


  • 2015 Greif-online artwork had been placed for auction at Paddle8 in collaboration with START 


  • 2015 Was selected as one of the most influential artist’s and gave a speech regarding my artistic journey at the Amarican University of Sharjah at the “Promise Of A Generation” event 


  • 2015 Had been commissioned by Brand Dubai to create an art installation and was exhibited during the opening of Dubai Design District 


  • 2015 A Spanish magazine called “ DuckOut” had featured all my achievements in art  


  • 2015 The Artist Diary series had been featured in the Emirates Diaries Magazine 


  • 2015 The Artist Diary series on the YouTube Channel got lunched 


  • 2015 Participated at the Orange Saturday Latvian & Emirati Artist’s Day at the Art Hub Abu Dhabi 


  • 2015 Exhibited my artworks at the 33th Annual Exhibition at the Sharjah Art Museum


  • 2014 Curated an art show titled “KUFIC” in collaboration with Al Jalila Foundation to raise funds for medical research at DUCTAC, Dubai 


  • 2014 Been selected as one of the top 6 digital artists in UAE by CANVAS Magazine 


  • 2014 Had been commissioned by the well known watch brand Baume & Mercier to create an interactive artwork inspired by their new watch “Promesse” 


  • 2014 Was part Of the judging panel for Dubai Cares art competition titled My Dubai to select the winners 


  • 2014 Author Jo Tatchell had wrote about me in a book titled “ A Diamond in the Desert” and had been published 


  • 2014 Art Dubai, Dubai


  • 2013 Art Bus, Dubai


  • 2013 ART 4 SIGHT, Auction by Christies,  Dubai


  • 2013 .Aliel Art Night at DIFC“, Dubai


  • 2013 Burj of Giving, , Dubai Mall, Dubai


  • 2013 Rira Gallery, Dubai


  • 2013 Universal Childrens Day organized by START, Dubai


  • 2011 29th Annual Exhibition of EFAS at Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah


  • 2011 “MinD” group exhibition at DUCTAC, Dubai


  • 2011 Exhibited my installation at The Annual Exhibition of Emirates Fine Arts  Society in Sharjah Art Museum.


  • 2011 Sikka Art Fair at Bastakiya, Dubai


  • 2010 Exhibited my Mega " customized toy " at Virgin Store


  • 2010 Exhibited my Mega "customized toy" at DIFC 2010


  • 2010 Exhibited a painting and a sculpture at Al Bastakiya Art Fair  on the 15th of March until 21st of March.


  • 2010 Exhibited my painting at the Portrait of a Generation exhibition at Tashkeel


  • 2010 Exhibited my interior design work at the talent exhibition that was organized by Dubai customs


  • 2009 Worked on a car by my own for the Art Cars Exhibition that’s exhibited in Manarat Al Saadiyat from 25th of October until the 30th of November in Saadiyat Island


  • 2009 Exhibiting my capstone interior design project in trade center called 7:20 from the 16th until 21st of June


  • 2009 worked on a car that was exhibited at DFC where the cars got sold as a found raiser for the Autism Center


  • 2008-2009 I’ve been selected as one of the 64 best Emirati artists in UAE and had my paintings exhibited in Gallery One tilted as Emirati Expressions at Emirates palace year



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