About Gailani

Gailani is a self-taught contemporary artist living in Muscat, Oman. He conducts art retreats, curates exhibitions, judges art-competitions, and exhibits his work in the Gulf Region, Europe & North America. He is dubbed as the “debating artist” and is associated with art that is self-reflective and with a social message.

Gailani is the founder of The “Gailani Art Retreat” a creative getaway of self-expression using painting and music that has engaged more than 800 participants over 46 retreats since its inception in 2013.In September 2016 his work was exhibited in New York at the Coffee Art Festival where he won the Visitor Choice Award. The same month he published his book “Gailani – An Artistic Journey” – A memoir of his life story told through paintings.

In December 2017 his painting titled “the Refugee” won the Jury award at the 3rd Annual “Show Your World Art Competition” in New York city where it was showcased at Gallery MC. Gailani lends his artistic voice to causes of child abuse, anti-bullying, and also Human Trafficking.

His paintings were included in the “Art for Justice” movement exhibition in Paris that aimed at shedding light and awareness on Human Trafficking. Gailani is also a guest lecturer on “Art & Self-Expression ” at art forums, colleges and schools in Muscat, Oman


Gailani has been pursuing art as a form of catharsis and expunging his demons. His artistic journey, which began as a deeply introspective soul-searching exercise has now turned into an outward-looking one

Priyanka Sacheti, Y-Oman Magazine, September 2012

Bold, captivating and in your face are some of the words used to describe Gailani’s work. Not known for being subtle, his canvas always makes a statement. Whether you love it or hate it aesthetically, you can’t walk past one of his works and hot have an opinion about it

Mobeen Mathews, Times of Oman, December 2015

His artistic quest is well complimented by his rich ethnic background – father from Iraq, mother form Hyderabad, and grandmother from Kabul. This culturally rich background has instilled a strong spiritual essence in him and his work

Julie Fontes, Faces Magazine, March 2014