A Bahraini artist and interdisciplinary designer, currently based in Qatar. His work ranges across the fields of product, and interactive installation design. The social behaviors, from an Islamic perspective, triangulating how the relationships between religion, culture, and society can be expressed through the language of design are his particular areas of interest. Whether educational or critical, evocative or reminiscent, his interactive creations invite a reawakening and exploration of faith-based practices and social justice issues that will establish platforms for dialogue in the hope of generating new progressive schools of thought.
A graduate of Master in Fine Arts in Design Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Othman’s studies include his latest publication, RITUALS, Our Past, Present & Future: Glimpses of Islamic Enrichment and its accompanying collection, The Five Pillars of Islam. Living between, Bahrain, Dubai, Colombia and Qatar, Othman has gained knowledge of various international languages of design. As an extrovert chameleon, his commitment to and perseverance in this field of art and design have resulted in press recognition both locally and internationally, such as Harper’s Bazaar, Brown Book, Domus, Alef, The Makers Movement, 3Ders and The Saudi Design Magazine. Additionally, his work has been showcased in Qatar at Msheireb Museums, Katara, Doha Fire Station Garage Gallery, The Shangri La Hotel and at The New York Times Art for Tomorrow Conference at The W Hotel, in Dubai at Design Days, The Mine Gallery and Design Week, in Abu Dhabi at Zayed University Middle East Film Festival, in Kuwait at The Nuqat Conference, The Hub Gallery, in Bahrain at The National Museum, Art Bahrain, Al Riwaq Gallery and The Arts Center, in Berlin at Kraftwerk, in London at Alon Zakaim Gallery, Menier Gallery and Saatchi Gallery, in Milan at The Fuorisalone, Milan Design Week, Triennale Museum, in St. Petersberg at The Manege and finally in Paris at The Grand Palais, Paris Design Week and Gallery Rabouan Moussion.
Othman is a certified member of Sapri Bridge Oriental Design Week, Fuorisalone co-founder of Asia Design Pavilion at Milan Design Week and an official member of the Milan Fuorisalone Commission. He has worked with local and international organizations such as Studio Banana, Virginia Commonwealth University, Brown University, Kings College of London, French House of Design, and Qatar Museums. His work is dedicated to the loving memory of his late mother, Majeeda Ali Ahmed Al-Awadhi
and Father Mohamed Rasheed Khonji for raising him to be the person that he is today.
Biography by: Dr. Scott Andrew Walsh