His paintings are Najd's box of secrets

About the Artist

Artist Ali al-Ruzaiza was raised in an environment that is rich in folk history and heritage and this is largely helped him in the inspiration of his first work. Soon after completing his studies in Italy, his art perception broadened, since Italy was the cradle of art in Europe; after all science and the arts arose in Italy, led by the genius artist Leonardo da Vinci. Whilst there, Ruzaiza scrutinized Italian works of art and examined their creation and methods. All this has contributed in the development of new and innovative methods in Saudi art. When he draws the details of houses whether windows, doors or walls, we notice that he uses pastes, patterns and metallic colors like “bronze, gold and silver” which were not used in the beginning of the Renaissance in Byzantine art, and this is what adorns his work with special exquisiteness and beauty.

When you watch Ali al-Raziza, you get the feeling you’ve sneaked into a cache of Najd mystical secrets.

Ali al-Ruzaiza: The door of the cupboard for storing food was named Al Kamar. I used to open it with my mother’s permission and sometimes, without her permission.

The door was tiny and Ali still possesses it though he has turned it into a unique piece of art.

Ali al-Ruzaiza: I wish I had designed my home with such stylish doors.

Leaving his Najd box of secrets behind him, Ali al-Ruzaiza set off for Rome, but he was surprised when the Italian Academy repatriated him back to be in the surroundings of his box.

Ali al-Ruzaiza: “You are a talented artist, son, just like a glass full of water. If you pour any more drop, it will spill over,” my professor told me.

As the atmosphere inside the Najd box is different from the real world, Raziza had to create his own products that could mingle with shadows and lights.

Ali al-Ruzaiza: Najd architecture has a permanent clay color. I always had to plate the clay with gold. The work was really gratifying.