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Asiya Al. Sharabi is an acclaimed Yemeni-American visual artist who has gained recognition both nationally and internationally. She began her career as a journalist and photographer before shifting her focus to artistic photography. Asiya's artistry is inspired by the challenges faced by Middle Eastern women, young adults, and immigrants, which profoundly influence her creations.

Her unique artistic expression thrives through photography, hand-crafted alternative processes, and innovative techniques like collage and inverse negative prints. These methods not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of her creations but also delve into the profound struggles experienced by people. Through her art, Asiya explores the intricate interplay of politics, culture, and religion, shaping the identities of women, young adults, and immigrants. Her artwork has been featured in various publications, including Richmond Magazine, PBS NewsHour, and RVA Magazine.

Moreover, her artwork was showcased on the cover of Yemen Today magazine in celebration of International Women's Day.

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Born in Sana’a, Yemen

Resides and works in Richmond, Virginia, USA

 

Education/work:

 

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, University of Sana’a, 1998

Art Teacher, Sana’a British School, 1997-1998

Journalist & Photographer, Yemen Observer Newspaper, Yemen, 1999 - 2005

Volunteer Photographer, Yemeni Special Olympics, 2006 - 2009

 

 

Selected solo exhibitions:
2024       My Mother's Tender Script, All About Photo Magazine, Online

 

2019        Trumperie & The Immigrant, International Gallery Centre, University of Rich, VA


2018        Trumperie & The Immigrant, Jane Sandelin Gallery, Artworks, Rich, VA


2017        Queen of Sheba, Art Works Gallery, Rich, VA


2017        The Immigrant & Butterfly, Rennolds Art Gallery, Rich, VA

 

Selected group exhibitions:

2024     Expand and Contract, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA

2023      Visions of Love, Online Exhibition, The Luupe. February 14

2020        The Poetry of Persistence, Gloucester Arts, Rich, VA


2019        UnBound8, Candela Books + Gallery, Rich, VA


2019        WCVE And Me, Crossroad Art Center, Rich, VA


2019        Stories Never Told, University Of Michigan, Dearborn, MI


2019        Stories Never Told, University Of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI


2019        Stories Never Told, Arab American National Museum, MI


2018        Executive (Dis) Order, Queens Museum, NY


2018        Realism And Beyond, Rawls Museum Arts, VA


2018        Before We Were Banned, East Of West Gallery, NM


2017        Before We Were Banned, ArtHelix Gallery, NY


2017        Full Of Hope, Areej Gallery, Canada

 

2017        All Media Show, ArtWorks Gallery, Rich, VA


2016        UnBound5, Candela Books + Gallery, Rich, VA


2016        All Media Show, ArtWorks Gallery, Rich, VA


2016        All Media Show, ArtWorks Gallery, Rich, VA


2016        All Media Show, ArtWorks Gallery, Rich, VA


2016        Butterfly, ArtWorks Gallery, Rich, VA


2010        Words Of Eyes, National Museum, Yemen


2010        Trapped In Heaven, French Cultural Centre, Yemen

 

2010        Packaging, French Cultural Centre, Yemen

 

2010.       A Treasure Trove, National Museum, Yemen

 

2009.       A Treasure Trove, Total Art Gallery, Dubai

 

2009        My Father’s House, Local Exhibition, Bahrain

 

2009       Hands Into Art, National Museum, Yemen

 

2009       Queen Of Sheba, Yemen Embassy, Peniche Anako, France

 

2005        Old Sana’a, Korean Art Centre, Yemen

 

 

 

 

Awards:

2024         2nd Place, Expand and Contract, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA 

2024         Honorable Mention, Expand and Contract, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA 

2023         ARTMine award at the 5th Chelsea International Photography Competition

2017         Honorable Mention, All Media Show, ArtWorks Gallery, Rich, VA

2016         Second Place, All Media Show, ArtWorks Gallery, Rich, VA

 

 

Residencies & Grants:

 

2016         Anderson Ranch Artist-In-Residence Program, CO

2016         Beirut Art Residence, Lebanon

2009         Cultural Leadership International Program, British Council

Permanent Collections:

City Hall, Richmond VA

French Culture Center, Sana'a Yemen

Private Residence, Snow-mass, Colorado

Yemen Embassy, Paris, France

Private Residence, Richmond, VA

Private Residence, Rabat, Morocco

Private Residence, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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