Hayfa Abdullah is a Saudi Arabian female artist from Jeddah, KSA. She recently completed her undergraduate studies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she majored in Fine Arts with a focus on surrealism. She is currently an MFA student at the Academy of Art University.
In 2014 Hayfa was selected to design the promotional material for Columbia University’s INSTEP graduate program. In 2015, Hayfa had her work showcased at Cube Art in Dubai, during Eye Art at the Arabian Wings in Jeddah, KSA, and at Festival at the Arabian Wings. This year Hayfa is preparing two solo shows, the first one in March will be at the Rochan gallery in Jeddah and the second will mark her international debut, with a highly anticipated exhibition of 25 works that will be on view at the renowned New York gallery Stellan Holm, from April 21st to May 27th, 2016.
Her current body of work focuses on surrealist representations of Arabic culture. In contrast to the traditional rendering of Islamic moors and identity, Hayfa’s approach to capturing her people utilizes more bold and progressive content— exotic women arising from Hookah pipes, intriguing gentleman pouring from coffee pots, and fiery femme fatales erupting through spray bottles or handheld lighters. Hayfa’s work dares to reimagine the Arabic spirit through a lens that is modern, vibrant, and rebellious. Hayfa Abdullah is among the next wave of female artists bursting from the Kingdom.
2019 MFA Painting Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California
2015 BFA Painting Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California
2019 Naila Art Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2019 Artexpo SOLO, New York, NY
2016 Stellan Holm Gallery, New York, NY
2016 Rochan Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2015 Eye Art Exhibition, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2015 Art Dubai, Tabasher Exhibition, Dubai UAE
2015 Arabian Wings, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia Commissions
2014 Columbia University, INSTEP Masters Program