Shaikha Al Mazrou

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.

 

Al Mazrou’s practice is anchored in history of art, borrowing formally from minimalism and intellectually from conceptual art. Influenced by artists from the Modernist and Bauhaus Movements - such as Paul Klee, Carle Andre and Wassily Kandinsky - Al Mazrou uses the formal aspects of minimalism to engage in a current fascination with materiality in art. Often in her works she combines mass-produced materials such as electronic waste or construction materials with color and form, experimenting with these resources to create abstract geometric arrangements. Fascinated by notions of physical space, her sculptures and installations materialize as simple gestures that emphasize the representation of tension, weight and space.

 

Al Mazrou has participated in solo exhibitions including  Expansion/ Extension, Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2018; Solo Projects, Abu Dhabi Art with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2017. 

 

Al Mazrou has participated in several group exhibitions including: From Barcelona to Abu Dhabi: Works from the MACBA Art Collection in Dialogue with the Emirates, organised by ADMAF, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2018; Beyond: Emerging Artists, Abu Dhabi Art, UAE, 2017;  Art of Nature, Abu Dhabi Festival, Umm Al Emarat Park, UAE, 2017; Homage Without An Homage, curated by Cristiana De Marchi, Art Dubai, Julius Baer Lounge, UAE, 2017; Faculty Show, Al Rewaq Gallery, College of Fine Art, University of Sharjah, UAE, 2017; Abu Dhabi Art,with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2016; Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Bolivar Art Gallery, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, USA, 2016 Abu Dhabi Art, with Lawrie Shabibi, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2015; Art Dubai Contemporary, with Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai, UAE, 2015; A Public Privacy, Inaugural edition of UAE Unlimited Arab Exploration, DUCTAC, Dubai, UAE, 2015; Past Forward, Contemporary Art from the Emirates, Fowler Museum, UCLA, LA, CA, USA, 2015; Make Art Possible, Jalila Cultural Centre for Children, Dubai, UAE, 2014; 1° International Arezzo Biennial of Art, Arezzo, Italy, 2013; Art Dubai, Dubai, UAE, 2013; House 44, Al Bastakiya, Dubai, UAE, 2011; Sharjah Cultural Days, Museum of Modern Art, Passau, Germany, 2010; Bytes and Pieces, Bait Al Serkal, Sharjah, UAE, 2010; 14th Asian Art Biennale, National Art Gallery, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 2010; Experiment, Marava Art Centre, Sharjah, UAE, 2010; Exit 5, College of Fine Arts and Design, Sharjah, UAE,  2010; 28th Annual Exhibition of the Emirates Fine Arts Society, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, UAE, 2010; Closure, College of Fine Arts and Design, Sharjah, UAE, 2009; That Gallery Opening, College of Fine Arts and Design, Sharjah, UAE, 2009; Islamic Motive, College of Fine Arts and Design, Sharjah, UAE, 2009; Closure, Artwork-MK, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK, 2009; Emergence, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, New York, USA, 2009; Artists Over The Frontiers, Prayer Flags, The Commune Chauveroche, France, 2009; Artists Over The Frontiers, Prayer Flags, Lyon, France, 2009; Peace Postcard, Contemporary art space, Gosford, Australia, 2009; Peace Postcard, ACU Gallery, Strathfield, Australia, 2009; Peace Postcard, Regional Centre for Educational Planning, Sharjah, UAE, 2008; Peace Postcard, Al Kahf Gallery, Bethlehem, Palestine, 2008; And Dar Al Fonoon, Creek Art Fair and design, Dubai, UAE, 2008.

 

In 2018 Al Mazrou was awarded the first Artist's Garden commission by the Jameel Arts Centre for her public piece Green house: Interior yet Exterior, Manmade yet Natural. She has also been commissioned by Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF), Abu Dhabi Art & Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC).

 

Al Mazrou currently lives and works in Dubai.