Abd A. Masoud
Born 1963 in Amman, Jordan,
Living since 1985 in Vienna Austria
1987 Received my Bachelor of Art from Webster University, Vienna.
1989 started working professionally in the field of silk screen printing in this period acquired my first knowledge with graphic design and Typography.
1994 I found the passion for restoring old antique wood sculpture and furniture. Through this work I learned many techniques in this field. Autodidact I learned wood curving, calligraphy and painting. Qualified friends in this field made this effort much easier for me. A particular interest in painting led me to pursue acquiring knowledge, through which I expanded and consequently developed my artistic style.
2008 started running the Rearte gallery as a non-profit private initiative which was launched in order to give a chance for known and unknown artist to present themselves and their Work in an exclusive and representative atmosphere in Vienna - Austria.
Member of the Jordanian Plastic Artist Association
Member of the Austrian association of professional artMember of the International Association of Art IAA – AIAP
Founding Member of the Global Calligraphy Vienna
June 2012 organising the Bulgarian cultural week in Vienna
Committee member of the 100 year Jubilee of the Austrian association of professional art
June 2012 organising the Egyptian cultural week in Vienna
June 2011 organising the Hungarian cultural week in the Rearte gallery
June 2010 organising the Jordanian cultural week "Getting together" in Vienna
Rearte Gallery was launched 2008 as a non-profit, private initiative
Publication, Catalogue and press
und dann war alles anders, 39 Momente, die das Leben veränderten
70 years of Contemporary Jordanian art - Jordan national Gallery of fine arts
Rearte Gallery 2008 - 2013
Jordanube Rivers - Rawaq Al- Balqa Foundation for Arts
Abd A. Masoud - Arabic Calligraphy with a difference
Privatsphären - By Chao Fia Contemporary
Biennale de la Culture et des Arts “Revolution et Cohesion”
Kunst in Bewegung - 100 Jahre BV - 100 Jahre Kunst in Bewegung
Arabic calligraphy course and workshop ⇒⇒
Exhibitions and Symposiums
Many Collective exhibitions in the Rearte Gallery
April collective exhibition in MuseumsQuartier - 100 Hours of Art
February collective exhibition in the United Nation – Diversity of Calligraphy

Dezember collective exhibition in the United Nation – International Arabic language day
November 2015 Solo exhibition Absolute calligraphy at the Literarna Hiša Maribor - Galeriji RRRudolf
October 2015 collective exhibition at “The Vienna Globe”
September 2015 collective exhibition at Schloss Gloggnitz
July 2015 Solo exhibition at Palais Palffy Galerie
June 2015 collective exhibition at the Schrift- und Heimatmuseum-Bartlhaus
Mai 2015 collective exhibition “Global calligraphy Vienna in Villach” at GALERIE Offenes Atelier D.U.Design / Villach
March 2015 „Tag der Kalligraphie in the Afro Asian Institute – Vienna“
Planned exhibition and Symposium for 2014 Exhibition Vienna, Oskar Kokoschka Haus, Munich, Istanbul, Unterpremstätten and Schrift- und Heimatmuseum Bartlhaus, Moscow
April 2014 collective exhibition "Zweite Ausstellung des Arabisch Österreichischen Hauses für Kunst und Kultur" egyptian culture institute Vienna
April 2014 collective exhibition "Rearte Gallery zu Gast im Oskar Kokoschka Haus" / Pöchlarn
April 2014 collective exhibition "Kassandra lebt"Club alpha
December 2013 12th ostraka arts festival / Sharm El sheikh
November 2013 "Dream of a child" Amman
November 2013 „Kalligraphie einmal anders“ Atelier Operngasse / Vienna
November 2013 collective exhibition „Kalligraphie einmal anders“ at the Atelier Operngasse / Vienna
1st International Meeting of Turkish, Caucasian, Balkans, Central Asia and Arabic Artists / Konya
8th International Art Symposium "Atelier an der Donau" / Poechlarn
6th International Sculpture-Symposium „CONNECT IN ART“ / Stubenberg am see
Mai 2013 „Noli me tangere“ in der Domeniggalerie / Wien
April 2013 “90 % Wasser - 10 % Mensch“ at the Alten Schiebekammer
April 2013 Contemporary interpretation of old manuscripts – Celje at Kvartirni hiši / Celje—Slovenia
February 2013 collective exhibition “5 Jahre Rearte Gallery in Meidling” at the Meidling District museum
September 2012 Soloausstellung in der Gallery of Credo Bonum foundation, Sofia – Bulgaria
September 2012 Collective exhibition in der Justizzentrum Wien
September 2012 Collective exhibition in der Galerie Sala Terrena Körmend / Hungary
September 2012 Collective exhibition in Kunstsalon – Schönbrunn
August 2012 Collective exhibition in Schloß Albeck
August 2012 Collective exhibition in thr Werkstätte für Kunst im leben „- Cassandra still alive “Müllendorf
August 2012 collective exhibitionat Berchtoldvilla / Salzburg 100 years BV – 100 years art in motion
July 2012 collective exhibition “Changing places” GALERIE Offenes Atelier D.U.Design
June 2012 Collective exhibition Spazio Klien in Borgo Valsugana / Italien
June 2012 Collective exhibition „5 Im Bergerhaus“ at Bergerhaus Gumpoldskirchen
Mai 2012 at c.art gallery “Contemporary Art from Jordan”
May 2012 at Theisenhoferhof / Weißenkirchen 100 years BV – 100 years art in motion
April 2012 at Galerie Time "Schriften Symbole Kalligraphie"
April 2012 Ehrenhof von Schloss Schönbrunn
April 2012 Solo exhibition at ubuntu – Kulturinitiative von SOS-Kinderdorf „Dream of a child“
March 2012 Solo exhibition at Osnovna šola Vič – Ljubljana „Dream of a child“
November 2011 Collective exhibition, Dominig-Haus „multiple choice“
June 2011 Biennale de la Culture et des Arts - Cairo
April 2011 Solo exhibition, Hungarian Museum of Trade and Tourism– Budapest"Dream of a child"
February 2011 Solo exhibition in the United Nation - Geneva "Dream of a child"
November 2010 Collective exhibition, Le Salon Paneuropéen Paris / Europäischer Dialog
October 2010 Collective exhibition at the Rearte Gallery
"BIENNALE AUSTRIA - Zu Gast in der Rearte Gallery"
April 2010 Solo exhibition in the United Nation – Vienna Dream of a child
March 2010 Solo exhibition in the old Vienna Municipality
January 2010 Collective exhibition, Galerie Offenes Atelier D.U.Design
December 2009 Hofburg, Handing over one of my pictures to the Federal President of the Republic of Austria Dr. Heinz Fischer
November 2009 solo exhibition, Gewölbegalerie - Klagenfurt
"Arabic calligraphy with a difference"
September 2009 solo exhibition, Donau City Church
June 2009 Collective exhibition, Kabelwerk „Meidlinger Vielfalt“
March 2009 Solo exhibition, Gallery in the city tower Völkermarkt - Carinthia
" Arabic calligraphy with a difference "
December 2008 solo exhibition, Rearte Gallery
"Arabic calligraphy with a difference" Vienna

Contemporary interpretation of old manuscripts or Arabic calligraphy with a difference describes best what Abd A. Masoud is showing in his art work, his goal is to reshape the Arabic script, to combine it with ornaments and symbols, to create an artistic work without figurative painting. He is engaged to make the Arabic calligraphy or the Arabic signs understandable and acceptable for Arabic and a non-Arabic viewer.

 In order to make the calligraphic element more attractive for the "non-Arabic speaking viewer", He is deliberately avoiding the traditional main criteria of calligraphy (writing on a white background and black letters). Instead of this he likes to work with different colour layers, deep and daring shades which leads the viewer into a wide lightness of the image and pleases their eyes.

Therefore the spectators find in his paintings different backgrounds and a variety of patterns and structures presented in a varied range of colours while maintaining the visual contrast of the Arabic script.

He gets inspiration and new ideas for his painting series from reading and viewing old Arabic manuscripts and maps. Without getting restricted to the traditional calligraphy rolls he is feeling free to re-design and re-interpret these ancient scriptures and convert his thoughts to the final result on the canvas.

His art work gives a new touch to the contemporary Arabic art without losing the old roots and maintaining the Arabic artistic heritage. Each of his paintings presents the shape of a pale white colour cross in the centre. The artist tries to Allude the viewer to imagine a window cross but also to an unfolded old document. The artist plays with the mystical element of obsolescence ancient wordings, wise writings and precious memories.

 Abd A. Masoud is feeling proud producing a unique harmony with his work through combining all these elements such as colours, textures, patterns, symbolism and the various writings styles which are best presented through his inspiring motto - Arabic calligraphy with a difference.

online catalogue http://issuu.com/abdmasoud/docs/abdmasoud