Hakim Al Akil

Country: Yemen
Nationality: Yemenite


Artist, painter, Arts critic

Academic Qualifications

1976: Apprenticeship in the studio of the artist Hashim Ali

1987-1994:      Master of Arts, Moscow State Academy, Cum Laude with first class honours specialising in frescoes, history of arts and concepts of arts

1997:               Cultural seminar in metal engraving and graphics, Sanaa

1997:               Cultural seminar in stone sculpting, Sanaa


1986:               Founding member of the Yemeni Plastic Artists Association

1984-1986:      Contributed in the drawings for the magazine "New Yemen"

1990:               Member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Yemeni Students, Moscow

1994:               Lecturer in Free Arts, University of Sanaa, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture

1994-1999:      Lecturer in Free Arts and Design, Queen Arwa University, Sanaa

1996:               Founding member of the International Yemeni Cultural Symposium (IYCS)

1996:               Appointed Assistant Secretary General of IYCS

1996:               Member of the International Association of Arts, (IAA-AIAP)

1996:               Representative of the IAA in Yemen

1996:               Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Regional Conference of the International Federation of Plastic Artists

1997:               Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Conception of the Yemeni Plastic Artists Union

1997:               President of the Yemeni Plastic Artists Union

1997:               Coordinated technical workshops for the children's project "Children Drawing their Rights".

1998:               General Manager of "Takween for Artistic Design and Printing"

1998-2002:      Designed most of the jacket covers for the publications of the Yemeni Books Authority

1998:               Interior design and implementation of the Children's Library, Sanaa

1999:               Execution and implementation of the internal décor for the House of Culture, Sanaa

1999:               Chief Editor of "Tashkeel", newspaper of plastic artists

2000:               Started devoting all his time to painting

1997:               Judge in the children's competition organized by the Yemeni Family Society

2000:               Judge in the competition of "Fine Arts Curricula at the Secondary Stage"

2001:               Judge in the "Paint for Young Arabs" competition, Tunisia

2002:               Judge in the Ninth Arts Exhibition, Sultanate of Oman

2008:               Judge in the Festival of Miniatures and Ceramics, Almadiyah, Algiers

2008:               Judge in the 35th Annual Exhibition, Bahrain

2009:               Judge (Secretary of the Judges Committee) in the International Festival of Miniatures and Ceramics, Algiers

2008-09-10:     Member of the Judges Committee in the Youth Competition

2003:               Advisor to the Minister of Culture and Tourism

2003:               Integrated and executable study presented for the design of the Balfaqih Theatre, Hadramaut

2003:               Designing and supervision of the "Children's Theatre" at the Sanaa Culture Centre

2003:               Preparation of key documents for cultural events for the "Sanaa – Capital for Culture 2004"

2003:               Chief coordinator of the project confirming the original colours (Al-Sokulah) of the old city of Sanaa

2003:               Member of the restoration committee of Bait Raghib (Sanaa Arts Museum)

2003:               Member of the committee for the acquisition of Yemeni manuscripts

2003:               General supervisor for the renovation and equipping of the National Museum, Sanaa

2004:               Organizer for the Japanese Graphics Exhibition, House of Culture, Sanaa

2004:               Member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Book Forum

2005:               Technical advisor to the magazine "Al-Kitab"

2005:               Preparation of studies and designs of frescoes and statues for Taiz

2005:               Comprehensive design of the Al-Baradoni Library, Dhamar

2006:               Coordinator of the workshop and the requirements of the design of the National Library, Sanaa

2006:               Chief coordinator of the 23rd Sanaa International Book Fair

2007:               Advisor to the Minister of Culture on Plastic Arts and Art Houses

2007:               General Supervisor of the Acquisitions Committee, Ministry of Culture

2008-09-10:     General Coordinator of the Youth Competition in Plastic Arts

2008-09-10:     General Coordinator of the International Sanaa Forum of Plastic Arts

2009:               Director of the Pottery and Ceramics Heritage Development Project

2010:               National Coordinator of the new Yemeni Strategic Project concerned with heritage (PASYP)

•                     Published several critical studies in local and Arab newspapers and magazines

•                     Designed many posters and books and supervised their printing for government and non-government organizations

•                     Participated in several symposia, panel discussions and workshops

•                     Organized various group exhibitions

•                     Design and executed many frescoes in Moscow and Sanaa

•                    Awarded many certificates of appreciation and shields locally and internationally

•                     Designed and implemented many interior decoration projects for government and private institutions

•                     Proficient in the computer application "Adobe Photoshop"

•                     Feasibility studies done for various cultural projects


Personal Exhibitions

1992:               First personal exhibition at the Artists Centre, Moscow, Russia

1993:               Second personal exhibition at the State Museum, Admortia Republic, Russia

1995:               Third personal exhibition at the Al-Afeef Cultural Institution, Sanaa

1996:               Fourth personal exhibition, Sanaa

1997:               Fifth personal exhibition at the Hadda Gallery, Sanaa

1998:               Sixth personal exhibition at the Al-Afeef Cultural Institution, Sanaa

1999:               Seventh personal exhibition at Expo Sanaa

2001:               Eighth personal exhibition at the Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah

2002:               Ninth personal exhibition at the Culture House, Sanaa

2010:               Tenth personal exhibition 'Entity Changes' at the Saeed Cultural Organization, Taiz

Participations in Exhibitions

1981:               National Museum Exhibition, Taiz

1982:               National Museum Exhibition, Taiz

1983:               Al-Ahli Club Exhibition

1983:               Arab Youth Week, Saudi Arabia

1984:               National Museum Exhibition, Taiz

1984:               The Philosophy Society Exhibition, Sanaa University

1985:               National Museum Exhibition, Taiz

1986:               The 86 Forum for Yemeni Contemporary Art, Sanaa University

1987:               Yemeni Culture Week, Libya

1987:               Exhibition at the Yemeni Centre of Studies and Research, Sanaa

1988:               Exhibition on the inauguration of the "Yemeni Plastic Artists Hall"

1989:               National Museum Exhibition, Taiz

1989:               Exhibition at the "House of Friendship with Foreign Peoples", Moscow

1990:               First Tripartite Exhibition, Sanaa University

1990:               "The Spring Exhibition", American Embassy, Sanaa

1995:               "The Spring Exhibition", American Embassy, Sanaa

1995:               Mansoora Samsara Exhibition", Sanaa

1995:               First "Sahareej Exhibition Festival" Aden

1996:               "Yemeni-International Cultural Festival" at the Yemeni Cultural Centre, Sanaa

1996:               The 96 Forum for Yemeni Contemporary Art Exhibition, Yemeni Cultural Centre, Sanaa

1996:               Exhibition on the inauguration of the Cultural Centre, Sanaa

1996:               Sharjah Arts Biennial

1997:               "Arts and Dialogue Forum" Morocco

1997:               Exhibition at Al-Ahram Newspaper, Cairo

1997:               "Arabian Expressions", exhibit and gallery, Paris

1998:               Fiftieth anniversary exhibition on Human Rights Convention, Sanaa

1999:               First Expatriates Conference Exhibition, Sheraton Hotel, Sanaa

1999:               Contemporary Fine Arts Exhibition, Germany

1999:               Contemporary Fine Arts Exhibition, Netherlands

2000:               Contemporary Fine Arts Exhibition, London

2000:               "Alieh 2000 Sculpture Symposium", Alieh, Lebanon

2001:               Arts Forum at Al-Khiam Camp, Lebanon

2007:               South-South Dialogue Forum, Asyoot University, Egypt

2007:               South-South Dialogue Exhibition, Mahmood Almukhtar Museum, Cairo

2008:               Sanaa Arab Forum of Plastic Arts, Culture House, Sanaa

2008:               Yemeni-Saudi Plastic Arts Forum, Culture House, Sanaa

2009:               International Sanaa Forum of Plastic Arts

2009:               Arab workshop in Beijing, China

2009:               Arab artists' exhibition, Renaissance Hotel, China

2009:               Yemeni-Chinese Arts Exhibition, History Museum, Beijing

2010:               Arab Arts Exhibition, Capital Museum, Beijing

2011:               First Amman Arts Forum (Poems and Painting), Almashreq Gallery, Amman

2011:               Contemporary Arts Exhibition (Sanaa Gallery)


Books under publication

"Shifting Images and Formations" a critical study of fine arts in Yemen

"Privacy and Universality in the Arts" a criticism of the arts


The artists works are present in or owned by Moscow, State Museum "Aiszewsk"

Admortia Republic Russia, Italy, Beirut, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany,

Britain, Egypt, Morocco, France, U.S.A., U.A.E., National Museum Taiz, Yemeni Bank

for Reconstruction and Development Sanaa, Passports Authority Sanaa, Prime Ministers

Office Sanaa, Al-Afeef Cultural Institution Sanaa, Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Sanaa, Ministry of Information, sculpture entitled "Cohesion in Marble" in Alieh,

Lebanon, frescoes at Al-Khiam, Lebanon, Naeem Farhat Museum, Jordan Museum,

Ministry of Culture, China, large number of paintings in private collections



Arabic:            Native

Russian:           Fluent

English:           Good


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