Chan Seth is an award winning artist, creative director, and founder of Sandscapes Dubai, an art festival in support of artists of determination

Awards —

Urban Sketchers Dubai
NABA, Milan Summer Residency
Sharjah Award
UNESCO Sheikh Hamdan Award


Exhibitions —

Al Serkal Avenue
SIKKA Art Fair 2019
Cornell University
Fabriano in Acquarello
Sandscapes 2010-19
Kevala Foundation
World Wide Fund Foundation



Loose, translucent textiles form the foundation for Chan Seth’s large, un-stretched canvases. Seth grew up in the cosmopolitan city of Dubai, where converging nationalities, religions, and ideologies led to a growing interest in pluralism. Malinese Bògòlanfini, Indian Khadi, and Cambodian Ikats are textiles that have all influenced the artists’s aesthetic vision. As a third generation-artist, Seth received his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Cornell University, and proceeded to operate Sandscapes (www.sandscapes.org), an annual arts and music festival in Dubai.

 Chan finds solace in the evanescence of the natural world. In his eyes, a fleeting sunset, a passing flock of birds, or a brief daydream are all vital sources of inspiration to depict the impermanence of the world. His pieces remain in delicate balance between experiential and historical. Although informed by extensive ethnographic research, the artist ultimately privileges the viewer’s experience. To that end, he is inspired by Helen Frankenthaler and Mark Rothko to produce abstract fields of color unto which tumultuous dramas or peaceful serenades can unfold.

Solo Exhibitions

  1. Now-Shipibo, Sandscapes 2019, SIKKA Art Week, Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, Dubai, UAE (2018)

  2. The Shipibo Series, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE (2017)

  3. Strains, Dubai Ripe Market, Zabeel Park, Dubai, UAE (2016)

Group Exhibitions

  1. Fabriano in Acquarello, Fabriano, Italy (2019)

  2. Tolerance, SIKKA Art Week, Dubai Culture, Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, Dubai, UAE (2019)

  3. D3 Design Week Group Exhibition, Dubai, UAE (2018)

  4. Perspective Drawing, Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai, UAE (2018)

  5. Palimpsest, Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2017)

  6. *Cough*, Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2016)

  7. Urban Sketchers Dubai Selected Artists, Dubai Park, Dubai, UAE (2015)

  8. Earth Hour, World Wide Fund Painting Exhibition, Dubai, UAE (2013)


  1. Kevala Foundation, Chikmagalur, India (Summer 2015)

  2. Pixion Studios, Mumbai, India (Summer 2013)

  3. Agosh Music Studios, Mumbai, India (Summer 2013)


  1. Public Glass, Non-Profit Studio, San Francisco, CA (Summer 2016)

  2. 17A Art Consultants, Dubai, UAE (Summer 2015)

Awards and Distinctions

  1. Sharjah Award for Education Excellence (2013)

  2. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance (2012)

  3. International Merit Scholarship at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milan, Italy (Summer 2012)

  4. Speaker at TEDx Youth Dubai on the topic of 'Pluralism' (2011)


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