GENIUS - an illustration exhibition

Genius is a new illustration exhibition that opens on Wednesday, 1st February at Cartoon Art Gallery in Dubai. Curated by The Domino, an artist-run creative management and outreach company, it features 28 illustrators based in the United Arab Emirates. 

The exhibition will showcase over 60 pieces of work that explore and challenge definitions of illustration, its origins and its future - from caricatures to commercial illustration to fine art and to work that is pushing the boundaries of the medium.

List of artists taking part in Genius:

Adnan Arif, Ali Murad, Anas Awad, Bob Dahm, Deform Industry, Dina Khorchid, Dina Sami, Ella Orencillo, Flordeliza Pesigan, German Fernandez, Guillermo Munro, Julia Townsend (in collab. with Lewis Castaneda and Raymond Prucher), Khalid Mezaina, Kristy Anne Ligones, Layan Attari, Liz Ramos, Luis Vasquez, Mandana Ziaei, Maria Neschetna, Mark Ganzon, Mohammed Hindash, Nasim Abaein, Ragini Nagu, Sasan Saidi, Stefan Messam, Tulip Hazbar, Victoria Viray, Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum

The exhibition will be accompanied by two workshops:

1. Sketchbook Session 

Saturday, 11th February at 2pm

A one-day interactive and social event where illustrators will share and circulate their sketchbooks. The session will also include:

  • presentations by select illustrators about their careers and the works of other illustrators
  • short video interview viewing with famous
  • discussion about the growing scene of illustration in the UAE and a brainstorm session about what illustrator need to grow and support this community
  • a live collaborative illustration

2. Discussions in Illustration

Saturday, 18th February at 2pm 

A panel of professionals will lead discussion around the following topics:

  • the pencil and the mouse - the role of technology in illustration
  • how to make money and stay quirky - careers in illustration and challenges faced by freelancers
  • illustrartists - the illustrator as artist and the role of illustration in the art world
  • illustration off the page: the use of illustration in unconventional places ie. graffiti, tattoos, animation, etc.

Each session costs AED 80 or AED 130 for both. 

To register, send an email to

Event details

Exhibition: 1st-29th February 2012 (opening reception on 1st February at 7.30pm)

Workshops: Sketchbook Session on 11th February at 2pm and Discussions in Illustration on 18th February at 2pm

Venue: Cartoon Art Gallery, 4B Street, Al Quoz 1, Dubai (location map

Phone: 04 346 6467