Hassan Sharif

Hassan Sharif (born 1951) is a conceptual artist and writer from the United Arab Emirates. Sharif was born in 1951 in the Emirate of Dubai, U.A.E. He obtained his Diploma in Fine Art and Design in 1984 when he graduated from The Byam Shaw School of Art, London, UK. In 1980 he became the founder and a constant member of the Emirates Fine Art Society, UAE. In 1987 he founded the Art Atelier in the Youth Theater and Arts, Dubai, U.A.E. In 1997, 1999 and 2003 he was a member of jury committee in the [Sharjah International Art Biennial].

Sharif also worked for local UAE newspapers by publishing comics and write-ups about conceptual arts. Hassan Sharif is considered one of the first conceptual artists of the UAE. His work has been exhibited at the 53rd Venice Biennale.

Solo Exhibitions

1976 Caricature, Central Public Library, Dubai, U.A.E.
1984 Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, U.A.E.
1986 Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, U.A.E
1995 Sharjah International Arts biennial, Sharjah, U.A.E.
2001 Sharjah International Arts Biennial, Sharjah, U.A.E.
2003 Sharjah International Arts Biennial, Sharjah, U.A.E.
2007 Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah UAE.

Group Exhibitions

1983 Black and White exhibition, Al Ahli Club, Dubai, U.A.E.
1984 Central market – Sharjah – U.A.E.
1985 One day exhibition – Almirajah – Sharjah – U.A.E.
1990 The 3rd Cairo International Biennial, Egypt.
1990 Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Art Society in the Soviet Union of Fine Art, Moscow.
1994 Five Artists Exhibition, Emirates Fine Art society, Sharjah, U.A.E.
1995 Emirates Arts, Sittard Art Centre, Holland.
1996 Six Artists Exhibition, Sharjah Art Museum, U.A.E.
1997 A group of U.A.E artists Exhibition, French Cultural Center, Dubai, U.A.E.
1998 The 7th Cairo International Biennial, Egypt.
1998 U.A.E contemporary Art, Institute of Arab World, Paris, France.
2000 The 7th Havana Biennial, Cuba.
2000 The Contemporary Arts of the Arab World, Shoman Foundation, Darat AL Funun, Amman, Jordan.
2000 Emirates Identities, French Cultural Center, Dubai, U.A.E.
2002 Ludwig Forum for International Art – Aachen – Germany.
2003 Honoured - Sharjah international Art Biennial.
2005 Languages of the desert – Kunst Museum, Bonn Germany.
2005 Cultural Diversity Exhibition – Sharjah Art Museum – U.A.E.
2006 Window, 16 UAE Artists – Total Art Gallery – Dubai, U.A.E.
2007 The Emirates and its Renowned Arab Artists – Dubai Community Theater and Art Center
2007 The Masters – Royal Mirage – Dubai, U.A.E.


Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar
Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, U.A.E.
Sittard Art Center, Holland. 

Published Books

New Art – 1995.
Sharp Tools for Making Art – 1995.
Concept of Art – 1997.
Al Khamsa – 2003.