Tell us a little bit about yourself
I am a 25-year-old Emirati artist working full-time as a planner in the Urban Planning
Council. I graduated from Washington State University with a degree in both Architecture
and Fine Arts. People just call me Sultan; I’m still waiting for them to call me a
What is your favorite style and do you incorporate it with your artwork?
I’ll have to say surrealism and Graphic design are two things I love. However, I’ve
always been more inclined to sketching and working in graphite or pen. I don’t really
have a distinct style as I am all over the place, and there is no one theme I try to stick to,
it depends on the day and my mood.
How did your artistic journey begin?
I have been drawing ever since I could pick up a pencil, and haven’t stopped since
then. My uncle Mahmoud Al Ramahi (an artist who’s been active in the local art
community here since the 80’s) has been the one who has been constantly pushing me
all these years.
Do you have any advice you could give any budding artists out there?
Be patient and never stop working. It’s a great and exciting time for the arts in the
UAE. There are tons of new galleries and art collectives springing up all over the UAE.
Just get out there and be active, form connections, attend talks and workshops. Just be
If you could have any artist from any time line draw you, would would you choose and why?
Da Vinci. Why Not? He’s the master.
You can follow Sultan on Instagram and get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org