Inspired by the emirate's cultural scene and part of the third edition of Art Dubai's Residents section, here are five artists currently in the UAE that you need to know about.
Tonia Nneji (Rele Gallery, Lagos)
Tonia Nneji is a Nigerian visual artist, photographer, art blogger, and graffiti artist. Coming from a family of traditional carvers who carved totems and figurines used for traditional worship, Anthonia has always had a natural interest in the arts. Today, her work addresses societal issues including health issues that negatively impact women and children.
Tizta Berhanu (Addis Fine Art, Addis Ababa/London)
Tizta Berhanu is an Ethiopian artist who has worked as a full-time studio artist since her graduation and is constantly experimenting and searching for new ways to find her voice. During her undergraduate degree, Berhanu became fascinated by notions of ‘love’ and began exploring all the facets of this emotion in her work. Inspired by human emotions, subjects in her work most commonly portray love, hate and sadness.