Muhannad Shono’s (b. 1977 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) multidisciplinary practice comprises of video and paper base illustrations and installations, merging into a recurrent interrogation of what lies beneath the surface of our environment and existence. 

From video to gaming, comic illustrations, large installation and works on paper, Shono’s work reflects the multiplicity of his personality and his life experiences as an uprooted being with mixed origins, exploring questions on the evolutionary line of the human species.

Moving from architecture, to advertising, comic illustration and more recently an acknowledged artist, he hovers between his past and current worlds as first and foremost an avid storyteller, to him, it all starts with the story and evolves into meaning.

Through his work we are faced with the numerous interpretations left for us to unearth, touching religious and cultural myths intending in pushing the viewer to understand how the past can dictate human narratives we abide by.

He was selected to partake in residencies in Europe including Kunstresidenz, Bad Gastein, Austria [2017]. Artists-in-Labs, Zurich Switzerland [2017], and is currently conducting a year long art residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

Solo exhibitions:

Ala: Ritual Machine, ITHRA, Dammam, Saudi Arabia [2018]

Ala: Ritual Machine, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin [2018]

Children of Yam, ATHR, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia [2016]

Group exhibitions: 

Albukhary Foundation Gallery , British Museum, London, [2018]

In The Open Or In Stealth, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain, [2018]

The Clocks Are Striking Thirteen, Athr gallery, Jeddah, [2018]

UNPUBLISHED – artistic observations, Eawag, Zurich, [2017]

After the Wildly Improbable, HKW Haus der Kulturen der welt, Berlin [2017]

Kunstresidenz, Bad Gastein [2017] 

Own The Walls: LAND, Toronto [2017]

Safar, 21,39, Jeddah Arts, Jeddah[2017]

Loud Art, Emerging GCC Artists, Saudi Arabia / Oman / Bahrain[2015-2016]

Muhannad's work was acquired by The British Museum in 2017 and the Art Jameel Foundation in 2018.


Interview, Muhannad Shono: Creating His Own Saudi Narrative, by Marwa Fakih, The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, 2018

Article, How Saudi artists are capturing the spirit of a kingdom in the process of radical reform, The Independent, David Lister, 2018

Interview, Art Talk, Saudi Gazzette, 2017