Ismail Al Rifai
Ismail Al Rifai is an artist and writer. Syrian born, now living in Sharjah, whose expressive brush illustrates his inner feelings, the strengths of man and his joys. Time for him is an unendingly extended moment for creating works of art that follow his concept of aesthetic values and to illustrate the woes, achievements and diaries of life.
His work has evolved from abstract to figurative, capturing humans, animals and human-animal hybrid figures as a means of exploring the hidden beast within every man.
He has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several literary and artistic awards, including the Dubai Culture Award 2015, the first Prize at the Annual Emirates Fine Arts Society exhibition 2013, Sharjah Prize for Creativity for his published novel Stairway of Mud, 2006, Short Novel Award from the Emirates Writers Union, 2005 and Fine Arts Syndicate Award, Syria, 2002.