Shaikha Al Mazrou b. 1988


Shaikha Al Mazrou is considered to be among the most dynamic and promising artists of her generation from the UAE. Her sculptural experimentations and investigations are expressions of materiality—articulations of tension and the interplay between form and content as well as an intuitive, keenly felt understanding of materials and their physical properties. She combines and evolves ideas from contemporary artistic movements similarly preoccupied with formal and material elements, from colour theory to geometric abstraction.  


Shaikha Al Mazrou was born in the UAE in 1988 and received her Masters in 2014 from the Chelsea College of Fine Art, University of the Arts London. Prior to that she studied at the College of Fine Arts and Design, University of Sharjah where she is currently a Sculpture Lecturer.


Solo exhibitions include  Rearranging the Riddle, Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, 2020 Expansion/ Extension, Lawrie Shabibi, 2018; and Solo Projects, Abu Dhabi Art with Lawrie Shabibi, 2017. 


Select group exhibitions include From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in Dialogue with the Emirates, Abu Dhabi, 2018; Beyond: Emerging Artists, Abu Dhabi Art, 2017; Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the EmiratesBolivar Art Gallery, University of Kentucky, 2016Art Dubai Contemporary, with Lawrie Shabibi, 2015; A Public Privacy, Inaugural edition of UAE Unlimited Arab Exploration, DUCTAC, Dubai, 2015; Past Forward, Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Fowler Museum, Los Angeles, 2015; Make Art Possible, Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, Dubai, 2014; 1° International Arezzo Biennial of Art, Arezzo, 2013; Sharjah Cultural DaysMuseum of Modern Art, Passau, 2010; 14th Asian Art Biennale, National Art Gallery, Dhaka, 2010; Experiment, Marava Art Centre, Sharjah, 2010; Emergence, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, 2009; Artists Over The Frontiers, Prayer Flags, The Commune Chauveroche, and Lyon 2009; Peace Postcard, Contemporary art space, Gosford, Australia, 2009; and Peace Postcard, ACU Gallery, Strathfield, Australia, 2009. 


Al Mazrou was the first artist to be commissioned for Artist’s Garden for the inauguration of the Jameel Arts Centre in November 2018 with her sculpture Green House: Interior yet Exterior, Manmade yet Natural


She is one of the six finalists for the Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize 2019 for which she was nominated by Cliff Lauson (Senior Curator at Hayward Gallery, London).  In 2014 she was one of five international artists commissioned by the Arab Fund for Art & Culture to produce a public artwork in Dubai as part of their event ‘Make Art Possible’. The public sculpture entitled Stand Here, composed of scaffolding tubes in primary colours, was temporarily comissioned for the Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, Dubai.


Her works are in the collections of Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah; Elie Khouri Collection, Dubai; Shaikha Salama Art Foundation,  Abu Dhabi and Jameel Art Collection. 


Al Mazrou currently lives and works in Dubai.