Afra Aldhaheri
 MFA, Rhode Island School of Design, USA

Is Assistant Professor of Visual arts Zayed University, UAE. She obtained her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design, USA. Afra uses a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, photography and printmaking. Her heavily process driven practice is forged through these material explorations, underpinned by conceptual and poetic cogitation. Al Dhaheri’s work is rooted in her experiences growing up in Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE – a place of recent and rapid change, where deconstruction, reconfiguration and development are always present on your immediate periphery, a footstep beyond your home threshold.

Afra has exhibited internationally and has been an integral part of exhibition programmes in the UAE. She was shown as part of ‘Emirati Expressions’ (2011 and 2015) and worked as an intern at the Guggenheim Museum New York and the Venice Biennale in 2011. It was this exposure to a diversity of creative practices and milieus that led the artist to develop a pop-up art collective project across alternative spaces called ARTwec. In 2014, Al Dhaheri graduated from The Salama bint Hamdan Emerging Artists Fellowship, in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design, going on to study a painting MFA in 2015, also at RISD. She is also a founding member of artist-run space and studios in Abu Dhabi that was launched in 2018 after returning from RISD.


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City, Abu Dhabi


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Teaching Areas

Visual arts, Drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramic, glass and installation.

Research and Professional Activities

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