Monday, May 11, 2015

Naila Art Galley, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

            I heard from a friend that the base Morale, Welfare Recreation (MWR) was sponsoring a trip to an art gallery in Riyadh. I always jump at the chance to get off the compound to do some exploring and gather information for my blog. About 45 minutes from our originating point the van parked in front of Naila Art Gallery.  Naila, in business since 2013 and known for showcasing local and international talent, was hosting a four day fair featuring the work of several Saudi-based artists.

The gallery, which has two levels, contained visual art from all mediums (i.e. sculptures, paintings, photography). The displays were impressive  but the added attraction was that the actual artist was there to represent and answer any questions pertaining to their work.
The gallery represents artists such as Najla Al-Ruwaitea (, Maliha AbdulRahman Z. Alsuwaida ( and Reem Alsubaiy (  My attention was focused on these three artists.  
Ms. Najla’s art piece “I see no evil, hear no evil, speech no evil” is metaphoric and causes you to understand and feel what’s being depicted in her work.
Ms. Maliha’s work was mostly of women cloaked in white garments. I found her art to be  aesthetically appealing creations.  

Ms. Reem’s self-portrait is a unique happy medium that stands out from the crowd. There are no gimmicks or distractions, just pure talent.

Each artist possesses very different styles but their creativity commands attention and evokes a conversation.

            Support the Arts. Naila Art Gallery (+966 11 880 5352, is located on Al Takhassosi Street, Bldg. 247, in Riyadh. Admission is free and you won’t  be disappointed!

All the best,