Abdullah Al-Mojahid: Genius Painter and Famous Cartoonist

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Abdullah Mohammed Al-Mojahed is one of the most influential cartoonists and creative painters in Yemen. Al-Mojahid distinguished himself as a pioneering cartoonist and a professional painter. His original talent and professional training had significantly helped him to make his way in the caricature profession in Yemen. “Al-Mojahid had been one of the most important Yemeni cartoonists”, said the Yemeni Minister of Information, Moa’mar Al-Iryani, in statement issued on his death.

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The much-respected artist Abdullah AhmedAl-Mojahed was born in Taiz in 1950 and died on September 1, 2017, in the capital Sanaa.

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He had been a prolific artist, effectively contributing toward promoting the fine arts and caricatures in Yemen. He produced dozens of artistic works through his professional career which spanned more than three decades. Due to his originality and ingenuity as q painter, Al-Mojahid had established himself as a famous name both in Yemen and other parts of the Arab world. As a result in 2013 he participated as a representative of Arab Painters in the International Exhibition for Paintings, organized by the Chinese Ministry of Culture for the Painters. His artistic works were displayed in different artistic and cultural venues and exhibitions. For example, he organized two exhibitions in Damascus, Syria, in 1980 and 1982.

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Al-Mojahid studied Fine Arts in Damascus and started his artistic career as a professional cartoonist in the Left-oriented Yemeni newspapers.  He was known in the caricature profession as Abū Suhayl. His artistic works included dozens of paintings, drawings and portraits described as of the finest quality. His most famous caricature is entitled” Qurūd Abū Suhayl (Abū Suhayl’s Monkeys), published in 1994 by Al-Thawry Newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Yemeni Socialist Party (YSP).

Salwa Dammaj