Bio

Abd A. Masoud

Born 1963 in Amman, Jordan,

Living since 1984 in Vienna / Austria

1987 Received my Bachelor of Art from WebsterUniversity, Vienna.

1989 started working professionally in the field of silk screen printing in this period acquired my first knowledge with graphic design and Typography.

1994 I found the passion for restoring old antique wood sculpture and furniture. Through this work I learned many techniques in this field. Autodidact I learned wood curving, calligraphy and painting. Qualified friends in this field made this effort much easier for me. A particular interest in painting led me to pursue acquiring knowledge, through which I expanded and consequently developed my artistic style.

2008 started running the Rearte gallery as a non profit private initiative which was launched in order to give a chance for known and unknown artist to present themselves and there Work in an exclusive and representative atmosphere in Vienna – Austria.

Member

Member of the Jordanian Plastic Artist Association

Member of the Austrian association of professional art

Member of the International Association of Art IAA – AIAP

Founding Member of the Global Calligraphy Vienna

Projects

June 2013 The Bulgarian Cultural week in Vienna

Committee member of the 100 year Jubilee of the Austrian association of professional art

June 2012 The Egyptian week in Vienna

June 2011 The Hungarian cultural week in the Rearte gallery

June 2010 The Jordanian cultural week “Getting together” in Vienna

Rearte Gallery was in launched 2008 as a non-profit, private initiative

Publication and Catalogue

…und dann war alles anders, 39 Momente, die das Leben veränderten

Rearte Gallery 2008 – 2013

Jordanube Rivers – Rawaq Al- Balqa Foundation for Arts

Abd A. Masoud – Arabic Calligraphy with a difference

Privatsphären – By Chao Fia Contemporary

Biennale de la Culture et des Arts “Revolution et Cohesion”

Kunst in Bewegung – 100 Jahre BV – 100 Jahre Kunst in Bewegung

Exhibitions

Many Collective exhibitions in the Rearte Gallery

2016

May collective exhibition The beauty of letters at the Egyptian cultural institute Vienna

April collective exhibition Text Bild Kunst in the Ehemalige Zuckerlfabrik

April collective exhibition in MuseumsQuartier – 100 Hours of Art

February collective exhibition in the United Nation – Diversity of Calligraphy

2015

December collective exhibition in the United Nation – International Arabic language day

November 2015 Solo exhibition Absolute calligraphy at the Literarna Hiša Maribor – Galeriji RRRudolf

October 2015 collective exhibition at “The Vienna Globe”

September 2015 collective exhibition at Schloss Gloggnitz

July 2015 Solo exhibition at Palais Palffy Galerie

June 2015 collective exhibition at the Schrift- und Heimatmuseum-Bartlhaus

Mai 2015 collective exhibition “Global calligraphy Vienna in Villach” at GALERIE Offenes Atelier D.U.Design / Villach

March 2015 „Tag der Kalligraphie in the Afro Asian Institute – Vienna

2014

December 2014, collective exhibition at the WIFI “Kaufrausch” / Vienna

Oktober 2014 Skulpturenpromenade Freiluftgalerie Laa / Laa an der Thaya

July 2014 collective exhibition 3. Internationalen Künstlersymposiums “Les sentiments IV” / Unterpremstätten

June 2014 collective exhibition Schrift- und Heimatmuseum Bartlhaus / Pettenbach

April 2014 collective exhibition “Zweite Ausstellung des Arabisch Österreichischen Hauses für Kunst und Kultur” Egyptian culture institute Vienna

April 2014 collective exhibition “Zweite Ausstellung des Arabisch Österreichischen Hauses für Kunst und Kultur” the Egyptian cultural institute Vienna

April 2014 collective exhibition “Rearte Gallery zu Gast im Oskar Kokoschka Haus” / Pöchlarn

April 2014 collective exhibition “Kassandra lebt” Club alpha

2013

December 2013 12th Ostraka arts festival / Sharm El sheikh

November 2013 “Dream of a child” Amman

November 2013 collective exhibition „Kalligraphie einmal anders“ Atelier Operngasse / Vienna

November 2013 collective exhibition „Kalligraphie einmal anders“ at the Atelier Operngasse Vienna

1st International Meeting of Turkish, Caucasian, Balkans, Central Asia and Arabic Artists / Konya

8th International Art Symposium “Atelier an der Donau” / Poechlarn

6th International Sculpture-Symposium „CONNECT IN ART“ / Stubenberg am see

Mai 2013 „Noli me tangere“ in der Domeniggalerie / Wien

April 2013 “90 % Wasser – 10 % Mensch“ at the Alten Schiebekammer

April 2013 Contemporary interpretation of old manuscripts – Celje at Kvartirni hiši / Celje—Slovenia

February 2013 collective exhibition “5 Jahre Rearte Gallery in Meidling” at the Meidling District Museum

2012

September 2012 Solo exhibition at the Gallery of Credo Bonum foundation, Sofia – Bulgaria

September 2012 Gruppenausstellung in der Justizzentrum Wien

September 2012 collective exhibition at Galerie Sala Terrena Körmend / Hungary

September 2012 collective exhibition at  art Salon – Schönbrunn palace in Vienna

August 2012 collective exhibition at Schloß Albeck

August 2012 collective exhibitionat at Werkstätte für Kunst im leben „- Cassandra still alive “Müllendorf

August 2012 collective exhibition at Berchtoldvilla / Salzburg100 years BV – 100 years art in motion

July 2012 collective exhibition “Changing places” GALERIE Offenes Atelier D.U.Design

June 2012 Collective exhibition Spazio Klien in Borgo Valsugana / Italien

June 2012 Collective exhibition „5 Im Bergerhaus“ at Bergerhaus Gumpoldskirchen

Mai 2012 at c.art gallery “Contemporary Art from Jordan”

May 2012 at Theisenhoferhof / Weißenkirchen 100 years BV – 100 years art in motion

April 2012 at Galerie Time “Schriften Symbole Kalligraphie”

April 2012 Ehrenhof von Schloss Schönbrunn

April 2012 Solo exhibition at ubuntu – Kulturinitiative von SOS-Kinderdorf „Dream of a child“

March 2012 Solo exhibition at Osnovna šola Vič – Ljubljana „Dream of a child“

2011

November 2011 Collective exhibition,Dominig-Haus „multiple choice“

June 2011 Biennale de la Culture et des Arts – Cairo

April 2011 Solo exhibition, Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism– Budapest

Dream of a child

February 2011 Solo exhibition in the United Nation – Geneva Dream of a child

2010

November 2010 Collective exhibition, Le Salon Paneuropéen Paris / Europäischer Dialog

October 2010 Collective exhibition at the Rearte Gallery

“BIENNALE AUSTRIA – Zu Gast in der Rearte Gallery”

April 2010 Solo exhibition in the United Nation – Vienna Dream of a child

March 2010 Solo exhibition in the old Vienna Municipality

January 2010 Collective exhibition, Galerie Offenes Atelier D.U.Design

“Just BLACK &WHITE”

2009

December 2009 Hofburg, Handing over one of my pictures to the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer

November 2009 solo exhibition, Gewölbegalerie – Klagenfurt

“Arabic calligraphy with a difference”

September 2009 solo exhibition, Donau City Church

June 2009 Collective exhibition, Kabelwerk „Meidlinger Vielfalt“

March 2009 Solo exhibition, Gallery in the city tower Völkermarkt – Carinthia

” Arabic calligraphy with a difference “

2008

December 2008 solo exhibition, Rearte Gallery

“Arabic calligraphy with a difference” Vienna

Statement

Arabic calligraphy with a difference describes best what I am trying to show in my work. My goal is to reshape the Arabic script, to combine it with ornaments and symbols, to create an artistic work without figurative painting. I am trying to make the Arabic calligraphy or the Arabic signs understandable and acceptable for Arabic and a non Arabic viewer.

In order to make the calligraphic element more attractive for the “non-Arabic speaking viewer”, I am deliberately avoiding the traditional main criteria of calligraphy (white background and black letters). Instead I am using Arabic translation of quotations, poems and astrological texts. I do not renounce the gold colour which is used traditionally in Arabic calligraphy for decorating and embellishing. But I use the gold very discreet to decorate the surfaces of certain objects and give them a special breath.

Therefore the spectators find in my paintings different backgrounds and a variety of patterns and structures presented in a varied range of colours while maintaining the visual contrast of the Arabic script. I like to work with different colour layers, deep and daring shades which are able to lead the viewer into a wide lightness of the image and pleases there eyes.

Contemporary interpretation of old manuscripts best describe my new work series. I get inspiration and new ideas from reading and viewing old Arabic manuscripts and maps. Without getting restricted to the traditional calligraphy rolls I am feeling free to re-design and re-interpret these ancient scriptures and convert my thoughts to the final result on the canvas.

My art work gives a new touch to the contemporary Arabic art without loosing the old roots and maintaining the Arabic artistic heritage. My modern interpretations of Arabic calligraphy are acquiring popularity and admiration more than older forms of traditional calligraphy works

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