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Karima Al-Shomely was born in Sharjah, U.A.E. She earned a B.A. in economics and accounting at United Arab Emirates University, Al Ain; a B.F.A. at the University of Sharjah; and a M.F.A. at University of the Arts London, Chelsea College of Arts and Design. She is  finished her PhD in fine arts at Kingston University, London. Work as assistant professor in University of Sharjah, Fine Arts College & Design.

Al-Shomely’s prints, photographs, paintings and installations have been featured in many important exhibitions both in U.A.E. and internationally. She had solo exhibitions: “Emirati Burqa” at the Heritage Museum of Sharjah, UAE, 2017; “Intimate Object” at the Edge of Arabia Gallery, London, 2014; “Mask” at the Emirates Fine Art Society, Sharjah, 2012; “Performance art” at Me Collectors’ Room, Berlin, 2017; and Abu Dhabi Art Fair, 2017. Resent group exhibitions include: “Gradate” at the 24th Islamic Arts Festival, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, 2021; “Interconnected” at the 37th Annual Exhibition of Emirates Fine Arts Society, Contemporary Art Museum, Sharjah, 2020; "International Connections", Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah, 2020; “Mara’ina” at the Ithra Museum, Saudi Araba, 2019; The Tribute Exhibition, Cultural Foundation, Abu Dhabi, 2019; “Sculpture Network (start 18)” at the University of Sharjah, 2018; “UN CEIL OUVERT” at the Institute du Monde Arab, Paris, 2018; “portrait of a nation”, Berlin, 2017; “view from inside” at the Fotofest Biennial, Huston, Texas, USA, 2014; “Three Generations” at the Sotheby’s Gallery, London, 2013; “25 Years of Arab Creativity” in Abu Dhabi, 2012; “Contemporary Arab Photography” at the Institute du Monde Arab, Paris, 2012; “The Reflective Mirror” at the United Nations, New York, 2010; “Face Me and You” in Seoul, Korea, 2010;  “Languages of the Desert: Contemporary Arab Art from the Gulf States” at the Kunst museum Bonn, Germany, 2005; Received awards such as First Place in Sultan Al-Owais award, 2018, 2005, 2002; Prize from 5th Egyptian International Print Triennial, Cairo, 2006; and Second prize, Sharjah International Art Biennial, Installation Category, 2001.

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