The New York Times Artist Nurtures a Creative Oasis in Conservative Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Abdulnasser Gharem has exhibited his work in world-class museums and sold pieces at auction for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and is widely considered one of Saudi Arabia’s leading contemporary artists.

You would never know that from his studio in the Saudi capital. Fifteen-foot walls ring the nondescript house, blocking views into the courtyard. There is no sign or name on the door, which is outfitted with a camera to prevent unwelcome visitors. “Even the neighbors don’t know what’s here,” he said with a laugh.

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