Born in Muharraq in 1966, Omar Al Rashid’s work reflects tradition, customs, and Arabic heritage. Through his paintings of Arabic women dressed in colorful Jalabiyas and draped in black Abayas, Al Rashid depicts Arab women in their traditional attire, yet in a modern way. The colors, light, and patterns of his paintings create a romantic dimension; it embodies something more mystical and intimate. The artist presents a palette of senses and feelings that is the intriguing result of an encounter. He strives to capture on canvas a timeless dimension depicting a state of mind that proceeds the moment of meeting. The artist’s subject evolves in warm and cold colors, recounting Omar’s personal experience, his “Rendez-Vous” with joy, sadness, and endless expectations.
Omar Al Rashid has participated, since 1989, in various group and solo exhibitions, in Bahrain and internationally, including Biennale in Sharjah, China, Egypt, and Greece. He was also selected to represent Bahrain in Paris at the Bahrain Dilmun exhibition. After a short period of teaching art and as a Manager of an art center, he dedicates himself entirely to painting. Besides being a confirmed artist, Omar has been rewarded on many occasions.