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Illustrators’ and Art Corner

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair continues its mission of supporting illustrators and the wider arts sector, building on the organisers’ belief in the importance of concordance between words and images in delivering ideas effectively to readers. In this year’s edition, the Illustrators’ and Art Corner will showcase the works of both experienced and emerging talents, reflecting the artistic vibrancy and creative diversity in the region.
With the success of the Illustrators’ Corner in the past years, the organisers are committed to the corner evolving in line with developments in the cultural sector to achieve further progress and prosperity in literature and art alike.
The Illustrators’ and Art Corner offers participants a platform from which to network and showcase their creative products, enabling every exhibitor to introduce their work to publishing specialists attending the fair.
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair continues to promote this dynamic and rapidly-growing sector

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Illustrators’ & Art Corner Catalogue



Mohammed Mandi
Artist Mohammed Mandi received a diploma in Arabic calligraphy, graduating as one of the top students in Egypt. He developed skills under the mentorship of renowned calligrapher Sayed Ibrahim in Egypt. He has also claimed a calligraphy certification in Thuluth and Naskh scripts (Prophetic Hilya) while studying under celebrated calligrapher Hasan Chalabi in Istanbul. His works include designing the scripts on all banknotes of the UAE and Bahrain, as well as the 200 and 1,000 Syrian pound notes. Mandi’s distinctive scripts also decorate the passports of the UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. In addition, he inscribed 30 sayings by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan in Diwani script on 10 murals, which can be found in Umm Al Emarat Park. He was commissioned to write the UAE’s National Peace text on in Diwani script the mural of the Flag Island building in Sharjah. Moreover, Mandi received a personal letter from HE French President Jacque Chirac.
Sarah McIntyre
McIntyre is a multi-award winning illustrator and writer of children's books and comics. Her book Morris the Mankiest Monster (2009) won the Bishop's Stortford Picture Book Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award for Best Picture Book in 2010. Her comic book Vern and Lettuce (2010), which was originally a weekly comic strip in The Guardian newspaper, also won the Leeds Graphic Novel Award in 2011. In 2016, the Bookseller magazine named her as one of their Rising Stars for spearheading the #PicturesMeanBusiness campaign that has called for more prominence and credit for book illustrators.
Curtis Jobling
The British illustrator and author, creator of numerous picture books and book series, is best known for his children’s book Frankenstein’s Cat (2001) and as the production designer of popular children’s television series Bob the Builder. He is also the creator of fantasy horror series Wereworld, and the young adult thrillers Haunt: Dead Scared, Haunt: Dead Wrong, and Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse.
Hassan Zahreddine
Lebanese printmaker and illustrator born in 1969, studied Fine Arts at the Lebanese University and holds a Master’s degree in Printmaking from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He teaches printmaking and illustration at the American University of Beirut, and has been illustrating children"s books for nearly 20 years.Zahreddine’s work has featured in several individual and group exhibitions in countries around the world, including Lebanon, UAE, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, and Poland. The artist lives and works in Beirut.
Salama Al Nuaimi
Artist Salama Al Nuaimi graduated with a Visual Arts degree from United Arab Emirates University. She enjoys creating illustrations using digital art and various mediums, and aspires to create outstanding children"s books.
Reem Ahmed
A young Emirati artist born in Dubai in 1987. She graduated from the College of Art and Creative Enterprises at Zayed University, Dubai, specialising in Visual Art. The artist has nurtured her love of drawing since elementary school, learning how to develop her work and pursue a professional art career. While she enjoys thinking like a designer sometimes, she really loves being a fine artist.
Ayesha Jassim Albadi
Freelance visual artist and illustrator. She graduated from Dubai’s Zayed University in January 2015, where she received a Bachelor of Arts & Design. During her last year in university she enrolled in a visual narrative course, where she was able to produce a picture book, Daisy, inspired by the Brothers Grimm’s ‘White Snake’ story. The book was shortlisted for the ADMAF Comic Award. In 2017, Albadi participated in the silent book workshop by UAEBBY and was able to produce her first silent book titled Ah! it’s inflated, published by Al Fulk Translation & Publishing. In to 2018, she participated again in the silent book workshop and she is currently developing her second silent book.
Alia Al Badi
an Emirati painter with a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Zayed University. She worked as an editor at the Khaleej Times for a time, later starting her career as an independent painter. Her favorite artistic tools are watercolours, which she loves using to colour her images, surroundings and moments of life. Al Badi has also collaborated with Dar Al Fulk to write children’s stories, and is one of the first Emiratis to make and draw silent books. She considers silent books the best way to achieve what she aspires to be, by expressing a complete story free of words. She took her first step towards this goal by publishing her silent book, fly! fly!.
Basemah Mohammed
Artist and author of children’s and young adult books. She holds an MBA from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. Curious and passionate about encouraging a culture of continuous learning, Mohammed has served in both the public and private sectors in the areas of human development and strategic planning, contributing to the many youth and social initiatives.
Magdy Al Kafrawi
Magdy Al Kafrawi is an Egyptian artist who believes the grandest thing in the universe is the human being, and the soul the grandest thing in the human being. Hence, he is occupied in his work by capturing this soul in its different forms. His canvases always include individuals, in particular women, representing to him a transparent container of the soul. Through the faces of women he captures the different states of the soul; its reactions, values, problems, and deepest secrets. Al Kafrawi is occupied by the classical composition of the canvas as his colours interact in harmony and balance. He is fond of playing with tones or levels of the same colour to the extent viewers might perceive each canvas as a display of different tones of the same colour. He also manipulates his favorite material – oil paint – to be malleable and change from its normal coarse nature to the smoothness of watercolours.
Maitha Al Badi
graduatied with a specialisation in Architecture. Currently she is working exclusively on projects of cosmetic engineering for different parties in the region. Her hobbies include drawing cartoons. Al Badi likes to utilise her talent of cartoon drawing alongside her field specialisation in engineering by allocating specific time for drawing and development. She has provided workshops at Zayed Central Library to develop and refine this talent in children.
Shamsa Al Shamsi
Earned her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from United Arab Emirates University, and is interested in landscaping. Her most important participation has been taking part in Al Ain Municipality’s most beautiful home garden competition (spring 2014) and Design of the Landscape at the Al Ain Zoo (Summer 2014). She is fond of drawing, using acrylic colours.

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