porta mosque

porta mosque . 2014

wishing all the krossbreed lovers out there a ramadan kareem. hope the month brings blessings to all, and may all your prayers be answered.
i was invited by capsule arts to create an illustration for a limited edition print which will go on sale during the holy month. proceeds from the sales will go to the big heart campaign, a uae based charity for syrian refugee children.
the illustration you see here is titled 'porta mosque', and is inspired by the temporary cabin mosques found around the uae; from construction sites to random desolate areas in the city. even though these mosques are so simple in their construction, they still have so much character & individuality to them. these mosques speak stories about the communities that congregate within their space, and how religion is important & sacred no matter what social class you come from.
if you want to contribute to a good cause, or just own a really cool artwork, head here to purchase your very own print of porta mosque. this limited edition print is an edition of 25, priced at aed 550, 29.7 x 29.7 cm.


ahmed + mays

ahmed + mays . 2013

two of my closest friends decided to get hitched & tie the knot! here's an illustration i made, by request of the bride, of the newly weds. 
i've known both ahmed & mays for over ten years. we've all grown together during our tumultuous years in university & beyond, & have been there for each other through good & bad.
words cannot explain how happy i am for my two best friends who decided to spend the rest of their lives together. i love them very much & wish them all the best. congratulations ahmed & mays on your married life. god bless...


past forward : contemporary art from the emirates

windtowers . 2010

untitled . 2012

arab dreem . 2013

past forward exhibition poster outside the meridian international center . 2014

my artworks at the past forward exhibition . 2014

past forward collateral . 2014

past forward exhibition opening . 2014 (photo by evelyn hockstein)

with ambassador yousef al otaiba . 2014 (photo by nick khazal)

last may, i had the chance to travel to the united states of america for the first time. the opportunity came about when i was invited to be a participating artist of a touring contemporary emirati art exhibition in the united states, titled past forward.
past forward showcases 25 artists from different generations of the uae art community, presenting a collection of 50 artworks outside the united arab emirates for the first time. apart from being an art showcase, the exhibition is also a cultural diplomacy initiative, giving americans a better understanding of the history, life and culture of the uae through art, talks and workshops. the exhibition is curated by the uae embassy and the meridian international center, as well as emirati artist and curator noor al suwaidi.
as a selected artist from the exhibition, i was invited to attend the official inauguration in washington dc, as an ambassador for my country and the uae's creative scene. also invited was my friend and fellow creative zeinab alhashemi. other then attending the exhibition, both zeinab and i were required to host children's art workshops in many of washington's public schools, and the children's national medical center, which has a strong relationship with the uae. other activities also included museum visits around the capital, and meeting some of the institution's directors and curators.
the selected artworks for the exhibition were my older illustrations seen above; 'windtowers', 'untitled' (a sketch study of my print 'vibrant future') and 'arab dreem' (originally used as an illustration for my activity book 'never forget'). another bonus as a participant of this show was seeing my 'windtowers' illustration applied onto collateral, including tote bags and as the cover for the exhibition catalogue. amazing!!!
the opening was such a surreal moment; seeing artworks of my friends, colleagues & peers all in one showcase outside the uae. it was a proud moment seeing everyone's artworks together, and what we have achieved over the years thorough our careers. another highlight of the exhibition was having the opportunity to meet the ambassador yousef al otaiba who opened the show. a great man and a really cool guy!
besides the exhibition, being able to host art workshops in public schools and at the children's national medical center was an amazing experience. working with children from different social backgrounds was truly an eye opener & a humbling experience. i hope our workshops had an impact on whoever we encountered, and sparked an inner artist in all.
overall, my experience in washington was amazing. i am proud of my achievements so far as a creative, as well as calling the uae my home.
after showing in washington, the exhibition will go on a tour around the united states, including california and texas, through to 2015. i wish the exhibition all the best on its tour, and i look forward to hearing all the news and feedback about it.
for more information on the exhibition, make sure to check out the exhibition's official website

a huge thanks goes to the uae embassy for being caring hosts, the meridian international center for all it's efforts and support, noor al suwaidi for believing in me as an artist, zeinab alhashemi for being a great traveling buddy and friend, and to everyone else i met during this trip. you all made this an experience i will never forget...

i end this post with some memorable moments during my time in dc.

memorable moments in washington dc . 2014


make your own zines during summer...

diy zine workshop by khalid mezaina . 2014

before summer is officially upon us, the magazine shop & i are collaborating one more time on a diy zine workshop. i have hosted four workshops so far & each experience has been better then the next. it's great seeing how creative people are with limited resources to create random yet visually amazing zines.
if you'd like to keep yourself occupied during the summer heat, come down on the 17th of june (tuesday) for the final diy zine workshop of the season, & learn how to create your very own low brow publication. make sure to bring with you aed 20, & a mind filled with creative ideas. send me an email to register, or just pop in. there's room for everyone! and don't forget, the location is in media city. for additional information on the workshop, head here.

just to get you all a little more interested, i share with you below a zine i created during the last workshop, based on the theme 'summer heat'! hope you find it inspiring & influences you to come down for the workshop.

see you on the 17th...

zine in process . 2014

'summer heat' themed zine by me . 2014