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Abdullah Dexen

Abdullah Dexen

I want to thank you for nominating and selecting me. I hope I meet your expectations. This also motivates me to work hard in my field to improve myself and to be better, if not the best. By selecting me, you have added another challenge to become a successful person in my community. Really, I can’t find proper words to describe my feelings and all I can say is a big thanks from my heart for your support of the ambition of Kuwaiti youths.

 

Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Abdullah Dexen. I am 29 years old from Kuwait.

Tell us about your educational background.
I have graduated from Gulf University for Science and Technology as an accountant.

Tell us about your family.
I am married and I have two brothers. I grew up between two artists, my father and my brother, Hussain Dexen.

Describe your family support.
My parents and my beloved wife all believed in me and what I’m capable of providing for my community and, of course, for my beloved Kuwait.

Tell us about your childhood. How did your formative years lead to your success?
Besides learning art, I was also a football player. After graduation I focused more on art and started to visit museums and galleries. I was practicing every day, searching and reading. That led me to be more professional.

Any life changing experiences?
Life is normally full of challenges and whilst struggling with and overcoming those challenges, you usually gain experience. I can’t really define a specific life changing aspect. However, I believe that to gain experience, many things must change including thoughts, ideas and even the ways of solving issues.

What were your dreams while growing up? Did they come true?
Yes, I dreamt of becoming an artist and having some exhibitions. That became true when I joined and established Den Gallery with my partners. They are really great artists. I also did an exhibition in 2015 with another great artist. She is one of the most successful artists in Kuwait, May Al Saad, and it was really successful. My first exhibition was in 2018 by 36 artworks at Den Gallery. The name of the exhibition was Mushreq.

Tell us about your earlier work experiences.
As I mentioned previously, I was a football player until I found myself in art. I became better by practicing and having exhibitions with professional artists from in and out of Kuwait.

Tell us a little about your current job.
I have been an accountant at the Public Authority for Housing Welfare since 2015.

How has business been in the past one or two years?
The past few years were successful. At Den Gallery, we are doing our best to take new steps in the art industry in Kuwait and also to challenge art galleries outside Kuwait by making a place for Kuwaiti artists in the market.

Define success.
Honestly, it is hard to define success because everybody has his/her own definition. However, I would answer with two words: motivation and determination. These two words together can make miracles in our life.

What motivates you?
When my family and friends encourage me to make more paintings and give their ideas.

What inspired you to be the person you are today?
My father.

How would you like to be remembered?
I would like people to remember me as a great artist who added a new thing and added to Kuwaiti art.

Your favourite thing to do?
Preparing for exhibitions.

Who are your real-life heroes?
My dad, but I would also like to mention those who really fight for their dreams and struggle for them. Those fighters are my inspirational heroes because I consider myself one of them. My hero is anyone who has a dream and does the impossible to make it true.

Describe yourself in three words.
Persistent, ambitious and flexible.

Where do you envision yourself in five years?
Actually, I have a dream to make my beloved country first in the field of fine art. We know that Kuwait was a pioneer in this field in the 60s, but we should know that this field is renewable and never stops. It is our duty to update it and present it to the world with new ideas that will impress. This could be achieved by thinking out of the box and by daring to do it without any fears. This is what I’m working on for the upcoming years and if this goal is accomplished, Abdullah would be remembered as someone who loves Kuwait. This is what I’m seeking.

I believe…
I can give more than I have because I still have ideas to present and goals to achieve. As long as I’m still alive, I will never stop working on myself to reach my dreams.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams…
This sentence is totally true and nobody can argue with it because there is no future if there are no dreams. However, the dreams have different categories. One of my dreams is allocated under the category of art and beauty. Other categories of dreams could be industrial or economical but mine is purely artistic. This is because I believe the future of the nation has many categories and one of them is art. This is what I’m trying to work hard at. There is also a common saying about art: If you want to know the development of the country, look at its art cultures. This is what I want for Kuwait.

What’s the secret of your success?
Hard work, motivation and determination. Without these factors, no success could be achieved.

It is said that every inspirational person has been inspired by another, was that the case for you?
Definitely. This is the normal result for any inspirational person. How can you become effective and creative if there is no idol in your life? You want to be like him/her and in my case, I want to say that it was my family who inspired me. I learned so much from them to become what I am now and I’m so grateful for that.

Your message for other people?
Never give up on your dream and work hard for it. If you don’t have dreams, it means you don’t have a soul. The dreams are the main reason of being successful.

Your hobbies?
Art, watching movies, and football.

Your achievements?
My solo exhibition, an exhibition in Sharm El Sheikh and a group exhibition in Algeria, amongst others.

I am scared of….
Losing the dearest people in my life.

I fear…
Losing. This is a normal feeling that everyone should have. If you don’t fear losing, how can you become a successful person? Fear of losing is the key of working hard for your dreams to come true. It is vital to have some fears to motivate you in fighting to exist and this is the meaning of life.

What is your favourite holiday spot and why?
The French Riviera because it inspired me to be away from everything with my sketch book and some new ideas.

Your favourite quote?
Goals determine what you’re going to be.

On being selected as an Inspiring Man for the year….
I want to thank you for nominating and selecting me. I hope I meet your expectations. This also motivates me to work hard in my field to improve myself and to be better, if not the best. By selecting me, you have added another challenge to become a successful person in my community. Really, I can’t find proper words to describe my feelings and all I can say is a big thanks from my heart for your support of the ambition of Kuwaiti youths.

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