Muhannad Shono is an artist from Saudi Arabia that works within an imagined state of being. He deals with theology, culture and other mythologies. His work is the fictional, the timeless and the not existing in any particular place. His mediums have been ink, paper, film, sculpture and the mechanical. Shono’s work investigates our innate tendency of being a species driven by stories and myths drawing us to confront fundamental questions that construct our present and future worlds. He has also worked on collaborative projects with science in the field of microbiology and humanoid robotics. Muhannad is currently living and working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and is represented by Athr Gallery, Jeddah.

Solo exhibitions:

The Silence Is Still Talking, Athr, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia {2019]

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: 

Bridges to Seoul, Seoul, South Korea [2019]

Naphtha, AL Khuzam Historical Palace, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia [2019]

Zamakan, Ithra, Dammam, Saudi Arabia [2019]

Al Obour, Jeddah Saudi Arabia [2019]

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

In The Open Or In Stealth, RAQS Media Collective, 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UNPUBLISHED – artistic observations, Eawag, Zurich, [2017]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]

He has participated in residency programs including Kunstresidenz, Bad Gastein, Austria [2017] Artist in Labs, Zurich Switzerland [2017], and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin.

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