Contribution to the Arts: Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa al Khalifa
The winner of this past year’s Contribution to the Arts Award is not merely a gifted painter, but one of the biggest protagonists in helping shape the arts scene in his country of Bahrain.
Over the past 20 years His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa has spearheaded the development and growth of arts within the kingdom, firstly as the president the Bahrain Arts Society, and latterly in his role as its honorary president.
Considered to be one of the kingdom’s most famous artists, His Highness’s works have been exhibited in art fairs and exhibitions across the globe including in Venice, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, Singapore and extensively in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Never one to be afraid to push the limits of his creativity, His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Khalifa recently released a retrospective book that captures the highlights of his 40-year artistic career — one that has seen him explore the realms of artistic genres including but not exclusive to: Realism, Impressionism and Individualism.