Eighteen Artists

Artists in Residence programme


Christto Sanz & Andrew Weir

Christto Sanz (b.1985) received a BA from the Escuela de Artes Plásitcas, Puerto Rico before completing his Master in Visual Communication & photography from Elisava, Spain. Andrew Weir (b. 1987) holds a BBA from Universtitat Ramon Llull, Spain and is currently completing an MA in Museum & Gallery Practice at University College London’s branch in Qatar. Together they produce photography, mixed media objects and videos exploring social identities, the media and reinterpretations of history. They currently reside and work in Doha, Qatar. Previously their art has been shown in the Middle East, The United States, Central America and Europe.

Nasser Al-Attiyah

I’m a Qatari artist who has an academic and professional background in petroleum engineering, however my passion lies in contemporary art. All my experiences in fine art are a personal undertaking, and self-taught. I’m a member in Qatar Fine Arts Association where I participated in many local and international exhibitions. Through my paintings, I strive to embed hidden stories and meaning, which I love to share and convey to people. At its core my artworks convey a sense of freedom in general – womens’ freedom, their ambitions, time and patience. That combined with heritage, social issues, and personal experiences are what drive me.

Charles Mahafee

Charles Mahaffee was born in Georgia in the United States in 1980. He earned his Bachelor and Masters in Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since graduation he has shown his work nationally and abroad in such venues as Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Julius Caesar Gallery, A+D Gallery at Columbia College Chicago, the 2011 and 2012 MDW fairs, the NEXT exhibition at Art Chicago, and the Action Field Kodra Festival in Thessolaniki, Greece. He currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar.

Emelina Soares

History is endless, but memories remind us of what existed. My practice revolves around fabricating an Orientalist perspective that forms my identity. As a Third Culture individual of Indian ethnicity with Portuguese ancestry, raised in Qatar, has developed a curiosity about intercultural influences and the use of semiotics to bridge this perplexity. My desire to impersonate concepts of iconic historical paintings in a digital montage contextualizes the work within contemporary mediums, while juxtaposing historical and cultural anachronisms. I hope to attain a better understanding of my identity in a foreign, yet known, culture as I proceed both as an artist and an individual.

Hana Al–Saadi

Hana Al–Saadi is a Qatari artist who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, 2015. She studied painting and printmaking, while pursuing her interest in sculpture. During her period in VCUQ, she discovered her passion in carpentry and started making installations as she developed her conceptual thinking skills. Her kinetic sculptures make viewers admire the simple movements in still objects we see every day. Her sculptures tend to be quirky, and fun to look at, yet serious at the same time.

Maryam Yousef Al-Homaid

Maryam Al-Homaid is an interdisciplinary designer holding a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design and a Masters in Design Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar. She is currently working as the first Qatari Junior Faculty in HBKU teaching in the Graphic Design department. Maryam comes from a family where her father is a fine artist and both grandfathers were makers and craftsmen. Her curiosity and exploration in design grew from a personal interest in prototyping and making. She believes that by pursuing the Maker movement (a recently revived revolution that mixes technology based-mediums and the DIY culture, can build the bridges between the high-tech mediums (such as 3D printing) that exist today and the lost crafts that existed in the Middle East and the Arabian Gulf

Noor Abu Issa

Noor Abuissa graduated from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art. Her work stems from, but does not imitate, Islamic design. She is inspired by the ability of traditional islamic art to communicate emotions through the use of simple geometry and vibrant colour, and is drawn to the balance achieved through the symmetry in this abstract from of art. Noor has created her artistic language by adapting Islamic geometric design into contemporary art. She subsequently applies it in painting, sculpture, and furniture design to respectively highlight its most unique values: power of color, simplicity in form and undeniable beauty.

Othman Khunji

"Will faith and tradition entail a massive rejection of the new technology? Designer Othman Khunji does not agree with this stereotype and writes another scenario.” Michal Mazur, TREND NOMAD. I would like the upcoming 9 months of innovative creativity, to be as powerful as a pregnancy journey. As I shall be carrying new schools of thought throughout the 9 months, resulting in giving birth to creative trends leading to an ever so evolving lifestyle for emerging artists in Qatar.

Sara Al Obaidly

Sara Al Obaidly, portrait and documentary photographer. Born in 1987 in Doha, Qatar. Growing up in the Middle East, moving to the UK, where she obtained BA in Fashion Textiles with Business Studies and an MA in Sustainable Design at The University of Brighton. Her self-initiated projects explore the varying political, philosophical and social issues we face today, capturing images that present a truth, a reality, a human warmth, a theme recurrent in her work. Through the medium of portraiture, she seeks to witness and record intimate moments of human emotion, exposing a reality that is unshielded and therefore authentic. Sara’s landscape work draws her to isolated areas, places that evoke feelings of detachment and often unease. 

Waqas Farid

Waqas Farid currently helps design and implement exhibitions at Qatar Museums. He was born in a not so great part of the greatest city in the world – New York City – and then grew up in possibly the worst/not so bad place on earth – the New Jersey suburbs. In 2010, Waqas graduated with a specialized Masters in Fine Arts degree from Bard College and the International Center of Photography in New York City. His work revolves around installation & photography, which he hopes to explore further during his residency.

Waseem Almarzouki

Born in Syria /1982, graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus /2007 with a BA in fine art. In 2012, he studied cinematography at "GCI" school, in Hollywood / California. Participated in several solo and group exhibitions in France, Italy, UK, UAE, Istanbul and Qatar. Marzouki has worked extensively with film and has held screenings of his work at various film festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tehran Film Festival (winner of Silver Award), and Damascus Film Festival. He currently lives and works as a film producer in Qatar.

Aisha Al-Sowaidi

Born and raised in Doha Qatar, Aisha Al-Sowaidi is a multidisciplinary designer based in her home country. Her designs are an expression of how a local designer emotes and reacts towards the ever-changing landscape of a developing Qatar. Aisha’s work incorporates old experiences and behaviors with contemporary design in objects used within the house to maintain that feeling of being home. Her work also brings the modern city closer to the home through the use of materials inspired by the city. Her designs deal with memory, nostalgia, and traces of time. She holds an MFA in Design Studies and a BA in Graphic Design from the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Qatar campus.

Kelley Lowe

Kelley Lowe (b. 1990 Milan, Italy) received her BFA Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art in Richmond in 2013. Lowe was the Artist in Residence in the Painting and Printmaking department at VCUQatar. She is currently a candidate for a Masters in Science in Conservation Studies at University College London Qatar specializing in the conservation of polymeric materials. It is not so much for its value that contemporary art is essential, but for the questions it asks.

Sebastian Betancur-Montoya

Bin 1982 in the Andean mountains of Colombia, with an Atlantic coastal childhood. A nomad ever since. Architect/Urban Designer by profession, Gardener by conviction and passionate Researcher working at the intersection of Art, Global Politics and Local Environments.

“I use the best
! use the rest”

Lulu Al Musfir

Lulu Al Musfir is a Qatari contemporary artist who lives and practices in Qatar. Her work primarily revolves around pigmented resin as paintings. "This is my first residency, and I hope to do the best I can in an artistic environment. I hope to interact and learn from my new peers and grow as an artist"