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Abdul Qader Al-Rais, United Arab Emirates

Abdul Qader Al-Rais, United Arab Emirates

The UAE's leading contemporary artist, Abdul Qader Al-Rais, who often wears a long beard and traditional Emirati garb, is self-taught. Born in 1951, his depictions of landscapes and architecture are done in “photorealistic” fashion and his abstract renderings often include Arabic writing. In some of Al-Rais' paintings, the UAE is a far cry from the skyscraper-saturated skyline of today's Dubai.

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