Vita Zaki Al-Maboren

Zaki Al-Maboren was born in Artul (Sudan) in 1959 . In 1983 he studied graphic design (BA) at the College of Fine and Applied Art in Khartoum. In 1987 he came to study in Germany, took language courses at the Goethe-Institut Iserlohn and settled in Kassel. Zaki Al-Maboren received a grant from erhielt Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung for the promotion of gifted students and studied at the University of Kassel. In 1993 he finished his studies with a Magister Artium (M. A.) in art and political science. Since 1993 Zaki Al-Maboren has been working as a freelance artist in Kassel. Major themes of his work are the symbols and myths of the Muslim and Christian religions. With his perspective from outside, he shows that which links and that which separates, at the same time creating his own mythological symbolism. From the beginning, he has set up numerous exhibitions and workshops in various European countries, also in Asia, North America and Africa. He has also taken part in diverse international symposia, received several prizes and honours. Numerous of his works are to be found on public display in Germany and abroad. Various publications have appeared on the subject of individual works, including several monographs.


Between 2013 and 2016 Zaki Al-Maboren worked in Makkah (Saudi Arabia). In Makkah Royal Tower he was directed the installation of the Astro-Museums. He supervised the creation and the realization of the museum concept at the highest point of the tower. From this exposed position he had the opportunity for highly unusual views of the Kaaba. During this period he had access to various and special sites in the Holy City of Makkah. Zaki Al-Maboren is married and has two children. He speaks perfect German, Arabic and English.

Selection of Solo Exhibitions:

1995 Iwalewa - Haus der Universität Bayreuth. Mündener Kulturring. Rathaus, Hann. Münden.

1997 Galerie des Forschungsinstituts der FES Bonn und Bayern Forum München(2008). Schloss Reinbeck / Hamburg.  

2000 Bosten Consulting Group, Stuttgart.

1998-2003 Galerie am Parktheater, Goethe-Institut und Stadt Iserlohn. „Dein Land mit meinen Augen“ Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes, Hamburg. Goethe-Institut Inter Nationes Rothenburg und Göttingen.  

200/2003 Kulturfiture / Rathaus Lohfelden.

2006 Karl-Branner-Halle des Kasseler Rathauses.

2006/7 „Agri cultura“ Kassel, Speyer, Saarbrücken und Darmstadt- Das Programm der Landwirtschaftlichen Sozialversicherung Hessen, Reinland-Pfalz und Saarland.

2010 Tatort Paradies. Kunsttempel, Kassel. “Black Box“ Kunstverein e.V. Eschwege, Hochzeitshaus.
1998-2013-2018 Galshaus, Derneburg  

2009 Ortung VI (jurierte Ausstellungl) der Stadt Schwabach. 2009 RDAC – Khartum – Sudan
Galerie am Park, Wien 2013/2015

2014: L’arte, Lo dpazio, il tempo; Prof. Brunivo Buttarelli and Friends, Casamaggiore temporanea, Italy.  

2015: Strahlender Blickfang. Galerie am Park, Wien – Österreich  

2015: Prize winner of Volkswagen/UPK Prize 2015 Exhibition „Verbundenheit“, Kassel 2015: Regency Art, Windham Regency Hall, Doha-Qatar  

2016: Exhibition in Shaanxi Province Art Museum, Xi’an - China

Selection of Group Exhibitions:

1997 Zeitgenössische sudanesische Kunst. Kunstsalon, Köln.  

1999 Kunst im Exil. Galerie im Artium CCS, Suhl (Katalog).

1999 Schweizer Künstlermesse’99, St. Gallen, die Schweiz. (Katalog)

1999-2000 Eu-MAN, Turku (Katalog).  Autumn salon, Stoa Cultural Centre. Helsinki, pARTicipation.  Zu Helsinki Eu-Kulturhauptstadt.

2001-2007 Kunsttempel- Kassel, Karambolage, Videoinstlation.  Schutzraum (Positionen zum Krieg). Kaaba; das Eckige Haus. Gestaltung von vier “Buddy – Bären” für die UNICEF.

Seit 2003  Begleitung der Buddy Bär Show in Berlin, Kiesbühl, Shanghai, Tokio, Istanbul, Hong Kong, Soul, Wien, Kairo und Jerusalem und Stuttgart. Sonst: Dialog der Kulturen, Museum Stadt Hameln (Katalog), Language of coloures: Alanus Kunsthochschule im Schloß Alfter „bei Bonn“.  „moving cultures“ Erlangen, Nürnberg, Fürth und Schwabach. Galerie im Bezirk Mitte – Berlin.   "ART OVER THE CITY in the "Gallery of Czech Culture"at the State Castle of Cesky Krumlov.

2007/8 Art vor Ort, Kassel. 2008 Art Forum UPK – Kassel international

2009 Projekt Ortung VI des Kulturamtes der Stadt Schwabach.

2010 Hausbesuche, Kasseler Kunstverein, Museum Fridericianum.

2011 eine Art Aufruhr: Aktuelle Kunst in Position zu Politik. Galerie am Lützowplatz, Berlin

2015 Regency Art, Windham Regency Hall, Doha-Qatar,

2014 L’arte, Lo dpazio, il tempo; Prof. Brunivo Buttarelli and Friends, Casamaggiore Contemporanea,

2018 / 2017 Silk Road Art Festival, Shanxi Museum Xi’an, China

Workshops, Examples

Expo 2000-Projekt der Albani Schule in Göttingen. 1997-2017 (Internationales Kulturwerkstatt) Dü, eed in Ammersbek 2007/ 2008 o.camp Fuldatal / Kassel - Teamer im Projekt der Deutsche Kinder-  und Jugendstiftung GmbH (DKJS) und des Hessischen Kultusministeriums. 2009 Künstler in die Schulen – Kassel. Kunst mit Jugendlichen mit Migrationhintergrund, ein Projekt des Kulturzentrums Schlachthof und Jugend Zentrum Brückenhof - Kassel

Art in the puplic space:
• FES Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung- Berlin • Goethe-Institut-Göttingen / Housten TX • BCG Boston Consulting Group-Stuttgart • ABB Asea Brown Boveri AG- Bonn/Berlin • Unternehmens-Club Oberfranken-Bayreuth • Iwalewa – Haus der Universität Bayreuth • Sippel Holzbau - Kassel, Lohfelden • Fehr GmbH- Kassel Lohfelden • Keramchemie – Siershahn • GFA terra Systems - Hamburg • Buddy Bär GmbH – Berlin • LSV Landwirtschaftliche Sozialversicherung, Darmstadt • Westermann Gerüstbau – Kassel • Immunolab GmbH, Kassel • Dittmar Westhelle, Assenmacher, Zwingmann & Partner, Kassel • Rading Transporte, Morschen • LG-Niederlassung, Khartoum – Sudan • Rashid Diab- Art Centre, Khartoum, Sudan • Diakonissen-Kran- kenhaus, Kassel • Al Asmakh Real Estate, Doha - Qatar • Artothek der Kunststation – Kleinsassen. Universität Xi’an, China.


Publicationen ( Monografien) beside many group Katalogues: