2 May 2013
Mohammed Kazem was born in Dubai in 1969. He studied Fine Arts at the Emirates Fine Art Society (1984-87) and subsequently studied music at the Al Rayat Music Institute of Dubai (1990-91) and painting at the Edinburgh College of Art (1998).
In 2012, he completed a Masters Degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. From 1999 to 2009 he was a Painting Instructor at the Dubai Art Atelier. Kazem has also been a Curator for The Flying House, Dubai (2007-11), and since 1985 has been a member of the Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah.
Kazem’s works have been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including Emirates Arts, Sittard Art Center, Netherlands (1995); The Six Exhibition, Sharjah Art Museum (1996); 5 UAE, Ludwig Forum for International Art, Aachen (2002); Languages of the Desert, Kunst Museum, Bonn (2005); Breaking News. Contemporary Art from the Middle East, Paris (2008); Directions, the University of the Arts, Philadelphia (2010); and Arab Express, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2012). He also participated in the 7th Cairo International Biennial (1998); the 7th Havana Biennial (2000); the Dhaka Biennial, Bangladesh (2002); the 1st Singapore Biennale (2006); the Tashkent Biennial, Uzbekistan (2007); and to ADACH Platform for Visual Arts at the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).
He received the First Prize for Painting at the Muscat Youth Biennal of 1990, and the First Prize for Installation at the Sharjah Biennial of 1999 and 2003. His work is included in several major collections, including the Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; the Sharjah Art Museum; the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; and the Sittard Art Center.