b. 1984, Mecca, lives and works in Jeddah, KSA) his artistic practice challenges the boundaries of the traditional Islamic art of calligraphy by re-contextualizing it in unconventional mixed media forms and conceptual potential through minimalist and architectural methods. Al-Salem trained as an architect and studied calligraphy in the Haram Al-Sharif and achieved an ‘Ijaza’ certificate – the highest form of recognition and authorization to transmit the art of calligraphy. He is co-founder for Al-Hangar, an artist collective based in Jeddah, as well as a member of the National Guild of Calligraphers and an active fellow of Saudi Arabia’s Arts and Culture Group.
Al-Salem’s solo shows; Amma Baad, at Delfina Foundation, London . Amma Baad, Casa Arabe, Madrid, Spain , State of Affairs, Athr Gallery, Jeddah , And It Remains, Athr Gallery, Jeddah .
Al-Salem’s work has been part of numerous group exhibitions including: Desert X Al Ula ; Al Burda, Abu Dhabi; Ekphrasis, Writing in Art, Villa Empain, Brussels ; Cities Of Convictions, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Utah; Epicenter X: Contemporary Saudi Art, Arab American National Museum, Detroit ; Common Grounds, Villa Stuck, Munich ; Rhizoma, Edge of Arabia, Venice Biennale; Echoes, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City ; Nour/Light]; Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam, The British Museum, London .