Many times I feel I am three artists in one body:
* An artist who is inspired by her self, and nothing in the outside world inspires her.
I dig inside myself and then it comes out.
I don't get influenced from the outside world, because my life is full of mystery and chapters, I constantly exploring my own identity through every piece of art I make.
*An artist who is good in connecting with people, in digging in their soul and mind, who is always exploring and who is eager to see, learn, and practice new things.
*An artist who is extremely affected by women's history, by their struggle, by their pain, and by their ups & downs, and how the effect of culture and religion played a big role in shaping their identity.
I feel them, because I lived with them most of my life, they are my mother, sisters, relatives, friends, and neighbors. They are my history, my mirror, and a big reflection of who I am today.
Asiya Alsharabi is a Yemeni artist. She started as a journalist, photographer then shifted to the art scene detailed and descriptive. As a middle Eastern female artist, she faced many challenges during her career as a photographer, but she has also turned her lens to art photography in an effort to capture the energy and personality of Arab women who are, through cultural strictures, not allowed to be photographed.
She uses a self developed technique that expresses and focuses not only on aesthetics, but also on the underlying struggles of women surrounded the world.
Her work questions the effect of culture and religion on female identity.
Photographer for Yemen Observer newspaper
Photographer for Yemen Today Magazine.
Volunteer photographer for Yemeni Special Olympics.
Photographed for the International Library of photography book “Visual Inspiration”
Represented the British Council Yemen in” Cultural Leadership International” project 2009_2010
An Artist at ArtWorks Gallery VA, 2015_2017
2016, Created a workshop with Syrian children in a refugee camp in Tripoli, documenting their dreams and aspirations.
2016, Photography & New Media, Anderson Ranch Art Centre.
2015, Joined Art Works Centre.
2015, The Digital Work Flow (VMFA), USA.
2015, Advanced digital photography, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, USA.
2010, Nabil Boutros, conversation with society, Paris, Yemen.
2010, British Council, Dubai, Paris, London, Egypt.
2009, Alfons ALT Shadowing, Sana’a Yemen.
2009, On job training, Karim Ben Khelifa, Sana’a Yemen.
2009, Hazel Thomson photography workshop, Bahrain.
2007, Andreas Rost workshop, Sana’a Yemen.
2005, Tim Smith workshop, Sana’a Yemen.
2019, "Trumperie & The Immigrant", International Gallery Centre, University Of Richmond.
2018, Trumperie & The Immigrant", Jane Sandelin Gallery, Art Works, VA.
2017, "Queen Of Sheba", Art Works Gallery, Richmond VA.
2017, "Trumperie", Jane Sandelin Gallery, RVA.
2017, "aSIYA" The Immigrant & The Butterfly" Rennolds Art Gallery, St. Catherine's School, Richmond VA.
Selected Group Exhibitions
2020, The Poetry Of Persistence, Gloucesterarts, VA
2019, UnBound8, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA
2019, WCVE And Me, Crossroad Art Centre, VA
2019, Stories Never Told, University Of Michigan-Dearborn USA.
2019, Stories Never Told, University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor USA.
2019, Stories Never Told, Arab American National Museum, Michigan USA.
2018, Executive (Dis)Order: Art, Displacement & the Ban, Queens Museum, NY.
2018, Realism And Beyond, Rawls Museum Arts, Court land, VA.
2018, Before We Were Banned, East Of West Gallery, New Mexico
2017, Before We Were Banned, ArtHelix Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2017, Full Of Hope, Areej Gallery, Toronto, Canada.
2016, UnBound5, Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond, VA
2016, Art Works, All Media show #2, Richmond VA.
2016, Art Works, All Media show, Richmond VA.
2015, Art Works Centre, Richmond 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.
2010, A treasure trove, Brussels.
2009, A treasure trove, Total Art Gallery, Dubai, U. A. E.
2009, My father’s house, local exhibition, Bahrain.
2009, Hands into Art, National Museum, Yemen.
2009, The Queen Of Sheba, Peniche Anako, Sien river, Paris.
2005, Old Sana’a, Korean Art Centre, Yemen.
Awards and Recognitions:
2017, Honorable Mention, All Media Show, ArtWorks Gallery, Richmond,VA.
2016, Second Place, All Media Show, ArtWorks Gallery, Richmond, VA.
In April 2010, Asiya's photo "Fear" was featured on the front cover of the Yemen Today magazine celebrating "International Women's Day"
In 2009-2010 she was selected as the first Yemeni women to represent Yemen at the British Council first Cultural Leadeship International program.
In 2013 she moved to the USA because of the current war in her country, Yemen.
In 2016, during a workshop at "Anderson Ranch Art Centre" Colorado, she developed a series combining a digital and handmade technique, and was selected as the first Yemeni woman to participate at their residency program.
Also in 2016, Asiya was selected to attend the Beirut Art Residency in Lebanon. In Lebanon, Asiya felt inspired by her surroundings and determined to work on several projects. When she encountered women in the Bekaa valley who refused to be photographed, Asiya moved the lens of her camera to capture their feet instead. Also during her time at the residency, she organized a workshop with Syrian children in a refugee camp in Tripoli, documenting their dreams and aspirations.
Asiya also was featured in Richmond Magazine, in November 9, 2017. The article about her life and work can be accessed online at Other articles and video about Asiya can be found through an online search. She now has a studio and often exhibits her work at Art Works Gallery in Richmond.
2016, Anderson Ranch Artist-In-Residence Program, Colorado.
2016, Beirut Art Residence, Lebanon.