Faisal Samra

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The first title of the Skira Contemporary Arab Artists series, directed by Brahim Alaoui, previous director of the Museum of the Institute of the Arab World in Paris. Bahraini-born Saudi national Faisal Samra graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He worked as an art and graphic design consultant for the Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris), and later a stage designer for Saudi television. In 2004 he taught in the Fine Arts department of the Amman University in Jordan and obtained his first artist residency in Paris, at the Cite International des Arts, in 2005, which he continues to be a part of today. Faisal Samra has taken part in numerous group shows, including "Word Into Art" at the British Museum (London and Dubai), "Languages of the Desert: Contemporary Arab Art from the Gulf States" (Abu Dhabi, Paris and Kunstmuseum, Bonn), and "Traversee", (Paris, Cairo, Rabat).