Originally from the Hejaz, Sarah Al-Abdali views herself as a caretaker of the region’s culture, preserving it against four decades of rapid ideological and urban transformation. Her deep appreciation for the land, architecture and heritage of her home is a recurring theme.
She emerged as one of Saudi’s first street artists and her work explores Arab culture and Islamic philosophy through various innovative mediums, including illustration, painting, ceramics, wood work, drawing and painting.
Her varied interests led her to a Master’s at the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London, which offered her the opportunity to experiment with traditional crafts of the Islamic world, including woodwork, ceramics, miniature painting, mosaics and plaster carving.
Her work has been recognized through participation in international exhibitions such as RHIZOMA at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, #COMETOGETHER with Edge of Arabia in London, 2012, START Art Fair at Saatchi Gallery in London 2014, the Islamic Art Festival in Sharjah 2017 and Art Paris at Grand Palais 2018.