Juma, a Sharjah native raised between the UAE and the USA, received an art mentorship under resident artist Ted Ramsey, at the New School of Northern Virginia. Juma holds a bachelor’s of Science in Visual Communication and a Master’s of Science International Relations with a focus on visual Rhetoric.
Juma Alhaj’s work is derived from spiritual experiences that come from texts which have great significance to the artist or a spiritual historic refence. These texts can range from ancient religious texts, personal diaries, notes, letters or any texts which evoke a sense of peace, longing or belonging. One can interpret his pieces as a transcendence towards nostalgia, or a personal spiritual experience. Through his work, Juma dissolves grammatical structure and leaves nothing but the conceptualization of words they symbolize.
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