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Nugamshi

1982 born in Al-Qurayyat and lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Nugamshi's research explores the evolution of traditional calligraphy and typography employing different techniques and unusual tools (broom or spray paint instead of brushes). Despite intentionally breaking with convention, Nugamshi remains true to that tradition of calligraphy while stirring dialogues within communities and looking for the spirit of the Arabic letters. “A real artist creates his own material,” is what he believes because of his experiments using different materials such as pieces of silk or fabric in a broom or brush to elongate the paint.

Nugamshi trained as a graphic designer specializing in branding and type design; he currently works as a graphic designer for a local bank in Riyadh. Nugamshi has taught workshops on basic training, techniques and the history of calligraffiti and has presented performances and staged exhibitions in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Sharjah, Jordan and the US.

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