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JEDDAH: Moe Al-Ghunaymi creates stunning live art using spray paint, varnish and glitter on canvas with his face covered and using transparent paint that serves as an exploration of the identify.

“I paint with my mind, my heart and my body… in front of a lot of people. It’s a special and interesting challenge because I paint with a transparent material that is not visible to the naked eye. When I launch the glitter and the final paint appears (it) makes everyone surprised and impressed with the results,” said Al-Ghunaymi, better known as Medo.

The urban street artist and senior graphic designer added, “I hide my face so I’m not limited by public opinion, and therefore, I can be the most authentic version of myself.” I believe they shouldn’t look at me, but rather look at my art, because my art is out of my true soul.

Originally from the land of the pyramids, Medo was raised in Mecca.

Moe Al-Ghunaymi creates stunning live art using spray paint, varnish and glitter on canvas with his face covered. (Provided)

He discovered his talent as the Kingdom’s art scene grew in popularity, quickly gaining popularity for his impressive works of art created with unique mediums such as coffee, chocolate, and phosphorescent paints.

Inspiration is important to all artists and Jeddah-based creation draws its inspiration from the environment, characteristics and actions of people.

His works include portraits of members of the royal family and Western legends. However, his painting of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received much praise.

Moe Al-Ghunaymi creates stunning live art using spray paint, varnish and glitter on canvas with his face covered. (Provided)

“I always feel proud when I paint a picture of Prince Mohammed bin Salman in front of people at events. I usually use the style of transparent paint with glue, then throw sparkles on it to become a luxurious and different piece of art.

He hailed the crown prince as a “great leadership figure” committed to supporting talent in the Kingdom, and who makes him feel “excited and inspired”.

Medo said he is constantly looking to surprise.

“(With) my work as an art director, I work hard to translate my clients’ ideas to their audience in the most creative way. It’s like a fun game of chess where every time you get the chance to make a move that can surprise your audience,” he said.

Medo is also known for creating the coolest NFTs in the country.

Moe Al-Ghunaymi creates stunning live art using spray paint, varnish and glitter on canvas with his face covered. (Provided)

His take on digital and hand painted artwork is that both have the same artistic results but differ from artist to artist depending on the tools used and the purpose of the creation.

“In the age of technology, digital artworks have become bigger and bigger. Digital development and NFTs are the future for artists as they can transform their handmade artworks into digital works through photography and modern technology, thus creating so many immortal digital copies of a single work .

Medo has participated in more than 20 events, including those organized by Benchmark KSA, Aramco, Red Sea Film Festival, Luxury KSA, 360 live and the Saudi Fine Art Exhibition.

He has also worked with the Saudi General Entertainment Authority for several of their events, including Saudi Seasons.

He is an ambassador for the Chinese brand Xtep Fashion Sport in Saudi Arabia and the founder of the fashion brand Art Section.

He sells his authentic fine art prints and paintings at Shop MEDO and Apes Pop Art Club for NFTs on Instagram.

Emirati singer Shamma Hamdan, Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf and other high-profile celebrities have purchased Medo’s works.

“This is just the beginning for me and I look forward to representing the culture and heritage of the Kingdom through my art. For all emerging and future artists, it is important to nurture one’s talent and practice the “art in all its forms. Art has no rules, art is for everyone,” Medo said.