Khalid Al Banna (b. 1975, Sharjah) is a contemporary Emirati artist, renowned for using collage as a primary technique to explore subject matter pertinent to the history and rapid transformations of his home country.
Al Banna graduated with a BA in Architectural Engineering from UAE University where he learned the principals of dimension, form and space, which premise his practice both visually and structurally today. Drawing primarily from elements of design, he is best known for his Black and White collages and his vibrant textile compositions. In both iterations, the canvas is the negative space and his art is the world projected against it, in a fascination with world-building, borrowed from the field of architecture.
Al Banna joined the Emirates Fine Arts Society in 1997 and has participated early in his career in several prominent exhibitions in Abu Dhabi’s Cultural Foundation (1989) Sharjah International Arts Biennial’s 4th Session (1999) and was one of the artists representing the UAE during Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany (2000), amongst many.
Recently, he has been part of Al Burda Endowment Exhibition at Manarat Al Sadiyat, Abu Dhabi (2019), Portrait of a Nation, Abu Dhabi Festival, (2016) which traveled to me Collectors Room Berlin / Olbricht Foundation, Berlin (2017) as well as Kennedy center, Washington DC (2010) in addition to group exhibitions in France and Austria.