Representing Culture Differently
Art reflects culture, and has the ability to build bridges between civilizations. Faisal Alkheriji is a firm believer of this. In his first solo online art exhibition, the 26-year-old Saudi artist showcases nineteen of his paintings, which represent his Saudi and Arab culture in a fresh and unique manner.
Having begun painting at the age of six, Alkheriji spent most of his childhood recreating the work of artists that he looked up to, including art giants Da Vinci, Picasso, Matisse and Condo, to master his art skills. As he grew up, however, his focus shifted to creating paintings that spoke to and presented his culture to the world, as well as honored the Kingdom’s rich history.
While the inspiration from his idols’ works and artistic styles is still present in his works, Alkheriji ensures that his paintings blend surrealism and cubism with patterns, fashion, traditional practices and other elements from his Saudi and Arab culture. The result is stunning masterpieces that represent culture with a twist.
We have a very rich and historical culture that I don’t feel we do justice, and it is our job to show it to the world and keep our culture alive in any way possible.
Faisal Al Kheriji
Faisal Alkheriji is a 26-year-old artist from Saudi Arabia. Alkheriji ensures that his paintings blend surrealism and cubism with patterns, fashion, traditional practices and other elements from his Saudi and Arab culture. See his feature interview about this exhibition in Sekka here.