Captivating event served as a momentous celebration, showcasing the exceptional talents across various artistic disciplines, Emerging Art Icons Awards 2023, took place in the Theatre of Digital Art (TODA), Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, on May 15. The event was organized by Magzoid, presented by Wasaya and powered by Mavala.

The Emerging Art Icons 2023 platform holds significant importance not only for artists but also for the broader art industry, as it serves to promote and elevate artistic endeavours as an exceptional avenue for discovering emerging talents. The ongoing economic prosperity witnessed in the UAE is playing a crucial role in propelling the creative economy forward.

“This event emphasised the significance of fostering collaborations, sponsorships, residencies, and philanthropic endeavors, all of which contribute to the growth and development of the creative economy in the UAE,” said Egor Sharay, cultural analyst and art consultant also serving as the member of the jury panel.

The jury panel comprised renowned and highly esteemed individuals who shouldered the significant responsibility of selecting the most deserving artists and institutions for the awards. These distinguished jurors included Sacha Jafri, a visionary artist renowned for his profound impact and humanitarian efforts, Lisa Ray, an award-winning actor & co-founder of the Upside Space, Khalil Abdulwahid, Emirati artist, Egor Sharay, cultural analyst and art consultant, Amrita, the first NFT artist in the UAE, Kristel Bechara, the first Middle Eastern NFT artist, Khalid Ali Al Jallaf, Chairman of UAE Calligraphy, Ebraheem Al Samadi, Dubai Bling star and CEO of Forever Rose, Mona Bisawrupa Mohanty, a passionate visual artist, Jyo John Mullor, an exceptional digital artist, Idriss B, a prominent Polygonal Sculptor and Tannaz Khaleghian, a visionary championing creativity. Their collective expertise ensured a fair and meticulous selection process that upheld the integrity of the awards.

“Art and culture are vital for preserving and promoting the unique cultural heritage of Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates. They help maintain a sense of identity and pride among local residents while fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Emirati traditions,” continued Egor Sharay, who has been living in Dubai for the last 15 years, working as editor of Concierge Magazine, following stints at Aviamost Magazine, Rush Magazine, Lifestyle Magazine in Dubai.

Emerging Art Icons 2023 provides a commendable platform for artists, instilling encouragement within the creative community. By offering galleries, exhibitions, and opportunities to showcase their artwork, this platform affirms appreciation for artists’ creations. Such recognition serves as a profound source of motivation for any individual involved in artistic pursuits.

“Art and culture play a significant role in the development of Dubai, contributing to its growth as a global city and enhancing its cultural landscape. Dubai’s emphasis on art and culture has facilitated cultural exchange and strengthened its ties with the international community. The city hosts various art festivals, exhibitions, and forums, providing a platform for artists, curators, and enthusiasts from around the world to connect and collaborate,” concluded Egor Sharay.

Emerging Art Icons 2023 was a celebration of art and creativity in all its forms. The awards covered a wide range of categories, recognizing excellence in various areas. Amongst the Winners of Magzoid Emerging Art Icons 2023 were: Best Emerging Artist – Sancler Graffit, Best Visual Art – Shyjith Onden Cheriyath, Best Art Influencer – Afra Aldhaheri, Best Artistic Achievement – Nada Al Barazi, Best NFT Art – Anna Chekh, Best Traditional Calligraphy Art – Fatema Al Syed Best Public Art – Shahul Hameed, Best Art Instagram Account – Andakulova, Best Artistic Entrepreneur – Patrick Moritz, Best Artist of Determination – Abdulla Lutfi. The highly awaited title of Best Installation Art, emerging from a highly competitive number of nominees, won by Shabir Mir Kashir a UAE based Pakistani artist .A multi-disciplinary practitioner in the Arts – specializing in Sculpture and Curation. His creative vision secured him the title of Best Installation Art, affirming his status as a promising luminary in the realm of art curation.


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