Abbas Yousif

b. 1960, Manama, Bahrain, lives and works in Bahrain 

Abbas Yousif is a distinguished Bahraini artist and writer whose multifaceted work draws inspiration from literature, poetry, and Sufi texts. He was born in 1960 in Manama, Bahrain. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Arabic literature in 1982, Yousif embarked on an artistic journey marked by a fusion of intellect, vision, and skill. 

His oeuvre explores diverse mediums, including painting, calligraphy, printmaking, and collage, masterfully blending the enigmatic and the abstract through rhythmic compositions. In addition to his artistic talents, Yousif contributes as an art writer for various publications, enriching the discourse on art through his literary body of work. Yousif’s artistic legacy pays tribute to his profound connection with Bahraini culture and relentless commitment to pushing creative boundaries. His journey continues to inspire and captivate art enthusiasts around the world.


Over his two-decade career, Yousif’s remarkable creations have earned him recognition on national and international stages. His work has been acquired by esteemed institutions worldwide, including the British Museum, the Arabian Contemporary Art Museum, and the National Museum of Bahrain.