Mouneer Al Shaarani
Mouneer Al Shaarani was born in September 1952 in Syria. He is an internationally acclaimed Syrian artist, admired calligrapher, book designer and writer with over 50 years of experience. He started doing calligraphy at a young age as an apprentice for the most important Syrian calligrapher, Badawi Al Dirany. He then graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1977. Known for his work in contemporary Arab Calligraphy, Al Shaarani has also become popular for his innovative and scholarly advancements of the traditional calligraphic script.
His work reflects the faultlessness attained through pioneering dimensions. In addition to working as a consultant for the International Arab Encyclopedia, Al Shaarani has also published educational books and articles about Arab calligraphy and Arab Islamic Art. He is a designer of more than 200 covers and tens of logos.
His work has been showcased internationally, gaining wide exposure through exhibitions in over a dozen countries around the Arab world, Europe and the United States. The artwork has been acquired by iconic institutions such as Museum of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, Museum of Culture in Tunisia, Museum of Islamic Art in Malaysia, Museum of Modern Art in Cairo, Egypt, Sharjah Museum of Arabic Calligraphy in Sharjah UAE, Arabic Calligraphy Museum in Alexandria, Egypt and by the Museum of Islamic Art (Bergamon) in Berlin, Germany. His works are also in private collections in Syria, Tunis, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Bahrain, U.A.E, Sudan, Oman Qatar, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Malaysia, Spain, India, Russia, Canada, Australia, USA & the UK.
1977: Posters exhibition (the repression and the military despotism in the world) in many cities in Syria.
1988: A book about his works, with a study edited by the artist Youssef Abdelke, was published in Arabic and French,Dar Aleef in Tunis.
1992: A book about his works, with an analytical study by Ali Al Lwati, was published in Arabic and French, Dar Al Fonoun in Tunis
1996: A picture book of his works, with two reviews by Y. Abdelke and Hussein Bikar, was published in Cairo
2004: A picture book of his works with a study by Y. Abdelke.
Al Shaarani gained the Modernisation Award in the first International Forum of Arabic Calligraphy in al Sharija.
Jury member of the Arabic Calligraphy Biennial in al Sharija. 2016.
Participated in many group exhibitions, regional and international forums and conferences about Arabic Calligraphy and the Arabic typefaces characters. He was honoured in many Arabic art's societies.
Since 1985 Al Shaarani has been participating in Arabic and International exhibitions.
2018 - Box - Freiraum Gallery in Berlin, Germany.
2018 - Design Retrospective – Sharjah art gallery AUC in Cairo, Egypt.
2017 - Goethe Institute in Sydney, Australia.
2016 - Dar Al Anda, Amman, Jordan.
2016 - Europia Gallery in Paris, France.
2016 - Mils Gallery in Australia.
2015 - Art Space Gallery in Dubai, UAE.
2014 - Art on 56th Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon.
2013 - Art Space Gallery in Dubai, UAE.
2013 - Art on 56th Gallery in Beirut, Lebanon.
Freedom and innovation. Arab contemporary calligraphy - Casa Arabe in Cordoba, Spain (Shared exhibition).
2011 - Al Shaab Gallery in Homs, Syria.
Freedom and innovation. Arab contemporary calligraphy Casa Arabe in Madrid, Spain. (Shared exhibition).
2010 - (From October to December) Arabic House in Madrid, Spain. (Shared exhibition).
2010 - Rafia Gallery in Damascus, Syria. (Shared exhibition).
2009 - Art Gallery “Forth” in Germany. (Shared exhibition).
Ayyam Gallery in Damascus, Syria. (Shared exhibition).
2008 - Ayyam Gallery in Damascus, Syria.
2007 - Dar Al Anda, Amman, Jordan.
2006 - Al Jezirah Art Center, in Cairo, Egypt.
International center for poetry, Marseille, France .
Participation in "Word into Art", the British museum in London, UK
Art Space Gallery in Dubai, UAE.
2004 - Green Art Gallery in Dubai, UAE
2005 - St. Johns College, Oxford, UK.
Attassy Gallery, Damascus, Syria.
2003 - 2005 - “Mobile Exhibition”, USA.
2002 - Green Art Gallery, Dubai.
Al Sham Gallery, Aleppo, Syria .
Al Rouaq Al Baladi - Sefax, Tunis.
Monza House- Mascat, Oman.
Al Jezirah Art Center, Cairo.
2001 - A Stand in the Audiovisual Exhibition, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE
Ishtar Gallery, Damascus, Syria.
1999 - Cairo Atelier, Egypt.
Honorary exhibition (Opera house) in Cairo., Egypt (workshops)
Dar Albareh Gallery, Bahrain.
A Stand in 7 Hills exhibition (Dream Hill), Berlin, Germany.
1998 - Cairo - Berlin Gallery in Cairo, Egypt.
Reitberq Museum, Zurich, Switzerland.
Shawqi Museum in Cairo, Egypt.
1997 - T hervantes center in Cairo, Egypt.
1996 - Rewaq Belal, Tunis; Cairo Atelier.
1995 - Al Saiyd Gallery in Damascus, Syria.
1994 - 1995 - Mobile exhibition in cooperation with international Red Cross, Morocco, Tunis and Jordan.
1994 - Cultural House, Abu Dhabi.
1993 - Cairo Atelier.
1992 - Cairo Atelier; French Cultural Center Heliopolis, in Cairo, Egypt
Dar Al Fonoun, Tunis.
1990 - Cairo Atelier.
1988 - Aleef hall, Tunis. Bourgiba center, Tunis.
1987 - Cairo atelier, Al Sawi hall in Cairo, Egypt.