Leena Al Ayoobi
Leena Al Ayoobi
|Born||March 26, 1981|
|Organization||Dar Alfann Gallery|
|Height||155 cm (5 ft 1 in)|
Leena Al Ayoobi (born 26 March 1981) is a Bahraini self-taught artist, founder of the Dar Alfann Gallery. She is widely recognized for her feminist art pieces, which combine the Japanese Manga art style with Arabic folklore. Al Ayoobi's brilliant and colorful, strongly textured paintings have received acclaim as a depiction of modern women in conventional society.
Throughout her career, Al Ayoobi has collaborated with several prolific brands including Starbucks, Mont Blanc, GE Aviation, CFM, and the Standard Chartered Bank. Her work has been displayed throughout the Middle East, and she is widely regarded as a leading figure in contemporary world art.
Early life and education
Al Ayoobi was born on 26 March 1981 in Manama. She began drawing when she was three years old and soon took a liking to Japanese Anime and works of the director Hayao Miyazaki. Later, upon graduating from high school, she enrolled in the University of Bahrain, from where she acquired a diploma in Business Management.
In 2015, Al Ayoobi attended a Painting and Drawing Workshop by Accademia Riaci in Florence, Italy. In 2017, she pursued a diploma in History of Art at the London Art College, and soon after its completion, Al Ayoobi applied for another diploma in Watercolor Painting.
It was not until 2014 that Al Ayoobi began displaying her art pieces on a larger scale. Her first exhibition took place in Bahrain's Art Market called Bab Al Bahrain, which was hosted by Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa from the Ministry of Culture. Soon, Al Ayoobi became a full-time artist, concentrating on expressing her feminist perspective through her vibrant and highly demonstrative pieces. Her first solo exhibition was held in 2017 during Art Dubai.
Select exhibitions and commissioned artwork
|1||2014||BiCE - Bahrain World Trade Center-Solo exhibition||Bahrain|
|2||2015||Malja Annual Art Exhibition||Bahrain|
|3||2016||(Big Eyes) conducting of art basics course-My Training institute - Oman||Oman|
|4||2017||Emirates Writers Union Exhibition||Dubai|
|5||2018||Bahrain Day art exhibition at the Seven Hills International Film Festival||Baja, Hungary|
|6||2019||“Sahayb” group exhibition organized by gallery015 & Harvey Nichols, KSA||Riyadh|
|7||2020||Arab Artist Union virtual art gallery||Saudi Arabia|
|8||2021||Group art show – Access Art Gallery – Cairo||Egypt|
|9||2016||Artwork for a novel by the Emirati writer Lamees Bin Hafith||UAE|
|10||2016||Artwork for a folk story novel by the Qatari writer Hamad Al Tamini||Qatar|
|11||2019||Home Center group for customized GCC themed home accessories and furniture||GCC|
- Sea of Dreams
- Blue Nashil
- Fish Eye
- Mass Wedding “Blue”
- City Talk
- Colors within me
Ayoobi is married to Abdulrahman Almokla, who is a businessman. The couple has three children named Adam, who is 12 years old, Firas, who is 3 years old, and Fatin, who is 2 years old. Ayoobi is fluent in Arabic and English.
In the media
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- Creatives, Celebrating Emerging Middle Eastern (1 June 2017). "Leena Al Ayoobi, fusing Arabian folk art and childhood memories of Japanese Manga". Reconnecting Arts. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "Bahraini artist mixes local folklore with Japanese manga – Bahrain News Gazette". www.bahrainnewsgazette.com. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "Al Faraj Gallery". alfarajgallery.com. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "Leena Al Ayoobi - Game1News". game1news.com. 24 August 2020. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- Network, DT News. "Bahraini to showcase art works in Dubai | THE DAILY TRIBUNE | KINGDOM OF BAHRAIN". DT News. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "Top calendar features Bahraini artist's work". gdnonline. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "FROM FINANCE TO FINE ART". FROM FINANCE TO FINE ART. 5 May 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL FOLKSY DESIGNS : Gulf Weekly Online". www.gulfweekly.com. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "Bahraini artist features in international 2020 calendar | THEAsiaN". theasian.asia. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "Leena Al Ayoobi on Producing Trailblazing Arab Art". bouticmagazine.com. Retrieved 3 February 2022.
- "Big Eyes". Bahrain Confidential. 20 January 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2022.