Rooted, an Art Exhibition showcasing the work of South African artist, Mariska Nell and Johan Alberts, inspired by their South African roots and their journey to the UAE. hosted by Our Space.


28 November – 23 December 2017

An Art Exhibition showcasing the work of South African artist, Mariska Nell and Johan Alberts, inspired by their

South African roots and their journey to the UAE. hosted by Our Space.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included Beauty and The Bean, Blood is Thicker than Water, Coffee Addiction Lamp, Desert Rose, Green with Envy, I’ll always have someone watching over me, It’s All About The JourneyMilibangalala Menina, The Father of a Nation, Trumpeting at the Fair, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, and Young Love.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Art and Headlines, an intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by local artists, hosted by Andakulova gallery.

Art and Headlines

16-22 November

An intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by local artists, hosted by Andakulova gallery and inaugurated by Mr. Yasser Al Gergawi, Director of Cultural Events, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

The artwork exhibited by Mariska included GCC Comes Into Being.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

DXB to Somaal, A Charity Art Exhibition

DXB to Somaal, A Charity Art Exhibition

20 – 23 June 2017

An Art Exhibition, in support of the Emirates Red Crescent, and their efforts in Somalia, hosted by The Workshop gallery, Jumeirah and organised by The Ajala Project.

 The artwork exhibited by Mariska included On Route To UhuruReuse, Recycle, Rehumanize.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Amirah Ji, A Great Cup of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art

Amirah Ji, 1 December 2017

Thank you to Amirah Ji for the wonderful article, “A Great Cup of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art”

Read the full article here. 

A Great Cup Of Coffee Surrounded By Mariska Nell’s Art

I do appreciate a poetically placed cup of coffee. Some ricotta pancakes to go with my first cup to start me off on the first few chapters of my read. Maybe some cozy egg sandwiches and a cinnamon latte once I’m a little deeper into the plot and (sighs)…. just writing about it is giving me a fuzzy and warm feeling inside.

There’s an Art Meets Coffee Exhibition Series running at Book Munch Cafe in Wasl Square and it’s just the kind of place I’d like my poetically placed cup of caffeine and munch. Especially because Mariska Nell chose to showcase her artwork in such a wonderful setting!

Her work is composed of repurposed Nespresso Capsules. The outcome is glorious and the images are stirring. Just the concept of experiencing a Cafe transformed (even a little bit) into an Art Gallery is an act of universal justice especially if it leads to the five times, award-winning Cafe being laced by conversation-inducing art. Mariska Nell’s creations succeed at that.

Mariska is also exhibiting at Our Space in the Lamborghini Building on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai for your viewing pleasure.

Khaleej Times, Khaleej Times hosts spectacular Art and Headlines exhibition in Dubai.

Khaleej Times, 26 November 2017

Thank you to Khaleej Times, for the wonderful article, “Khaleej Times hosts spectacular Art and Headlines exhibition in Dubai.”

Read the full article here.

“Khaleej Times’ hosts spectacular ‘Art and Headlines’ exhibition in Dubai.

Khaleej Times, the nation’s oldest English Newspaper, hosted a collaborative art exhibition ‘Art and Headlines’ at Andakulova Gallery on November 16, 2017 at DIFC, Dubai, UAE.

The exhibition showcased 13 iconic pages of Khaleej Times from the last four decades — an intriguing visual interpretation of iconic Khaleej Times front pages by exemplary artists.

The artists portrayed their interpretation of the front page in various types of art – conceptual, functional art, acrylic painting, watercolour, conceptual, charcoal painting, graffiti, and mixed mediums.

The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr. Yasser Al Gergawi, Director of Cultural Events, Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development; Vipul – Consul General of India; Charitha Yattogoda, Consul General of Sri Lanka, and Dato Yubazlan Haji Yusof – Consul General of Malaysia.

Speaking about this unique idea, Vinay Kamat, Editor, Khaleej Times, stated, “There is a thin line between news and creativity. News inspires art and art inspires news. Khaleej Times‘ initiative brings the blur into focus, showcasing the unique contribution of newspapers to art and art’s own stamp on newspapers. The influence of news makes art contemporary, contextual and impresssionistic.”

Speaking about this unique concept, Ravi Raman, Senior Vice President at Khaleej Times, said “These are truly special pages both of Khaleej Times and the nation, we are truly pleased to see talented artists create their renditions of it.”

The artists at this exhibition come from diverse cultures and nationalities. Through the language of art, each artist can express and share their uniqueness with the world.

Speaking about this exceptional concept, the artists stated, “Khaleej Times has provided a unique platform to us to display our distinctiveness and imaginations in the form of our varied creations.”

Natalya Andakulova, Owner/Founder of the Andakulova Gallery, stated, “Andakulova Gallery has always striven to bring the richness of Central Asian art to art lovers and the general public of this region. We are pleased and honoured to host this unique event in collaboration with Khaleej Times. I think this initiative will go a long way in building bridges between the Central Asia and MENA regions.”

Khaleej Times’ art exhibition was supported by The Art of Shaving, unrivaled products that elevate shaving from an act to an art and Canvas Magazine, a premier magazine for art and culture from the Middle East and Arab World.

Asad Raza Khan, International Markets Leader, The Art of Shaving stated “The Art of Shaving is proud to be associated with such a fantastic event. Khaleej Times has been one of the pioneer’s in media in UAE and it is nice to see them come together with local artists to celebrate the history and heritage of UAE via headlines and art. UAE has a rich history which many people are still not familiar with and this is an innovative platform for many people to learn more about this wonderful nation and its journey.”

Artists names and specializations

– Ms. Sana Sajan, a modern contemporary and Islamic calligraphy artist, used acrylic and mixed medium for her art and recreated Oil struck in new Dubai well –  27/02/1980

– Ms. Minisha Bhardwaj, a charcoal and portrait artist recreated His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, becomes Dubai Ruler – 5/1/2006

– Ms. Mariska Nell, a recycled products and mixed media artist recreated GCC first meeting is held – 26/5/1981

– Mr. Thankachen Kumaran, an artist specialising in architectural, contemporary, and abstract recreated Dubai Metro launched – 10/09/09

– Ms. Elizabeth Bruce, specialized in portraits inspired by colours, light, recreated World’s largest Dubai Mall opens – 4/11/2008

. Ms. Zaahirah Muthy, a mixed media artist specialising in feet painting, recreated Khalifa inaugurates world’s largest plant, hails Shams 1 as an outstanding achievement, dated 18/03/2013

– Dr. Yaser Habrawi, a portrait artist, recreated His Highness Sheikh Khalifa becomes President – 4/11/2004

– Ms. Muneera Al Abbadi, a mixed media artist recreated Khaleej Times is born- 16/4/1978

– Mr. Charlie Villagracia, specialising in conceptual, surrealism, and acrylics recreated Emirates airline is launched – 24/10/1985

– Ms. Mrinmay Sebastian, specialising in watercolours and realistic work recreated Dubai Canal unveiled – 10/11/16

– Mr. Ahmed Rukni, an acrylic artist recreated Burj Khalifa is inaugurated – 5/1/2010

– Ms. Kasia Dzikowska, specialising in watercolour and acrylic recreated UAE announces ‘Mars 2117’ project to establish first mini-city on Mars – 15/02/2017

– Ms. Rafah Abdul Razzak, drawing, oil painting, acrylic charcoal, graffiti, and watercolour artist recreated Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum wins UAE’s first Olympic gold – 18/08/2004 “

Khaleej Times, Art meets Coffee at this quirky cafe

Khaleej Times, 21 November 2017

Thank you to the Khaleej Times for the wonderful article, “Art meets Coffee at this quirky cafe”

Gulf News, Time to get happy

Gulf News, 13 November 2017

Thank you to Gulf News for the wonderful article, “Time to get happy”


Kobo Art, The Art of Recycling

Kobo Art, 16 October 2017

Thank you to Kobo Art for the wonderful article, “The Art of Recycling”

Read the full article here. 

What Else GeorgeTHE ART OF RECYCLING with Mariska Nell.

About Mariska Nell 
Mariska Nell is the artist and Interior Designer behind Design By Mariska. As an artist, Mariska’s work focuses on combining art and recycled materials to create something beautiful. Where some see empty soda cans and Nespresso Capsules as items that should be tossed into the trash, Mariska sees art. It is for this reason that Mariska Nell started creating art that combines painted portraits and recycled materials. She creates pieces that have been commissioned by her clients as gifts or for their personal collections.  Her work has also been entered in competitions and auctions where proceeds were donated to charity.

Mariska Nell

Nespresso Capsules and soda cans were just a beginning of what Mariska has been able to repurpose using her art. Shopping bags, bottled water caps and even candy wrappers have all been part of the pieces that she creates to tell the stories of her subjects.

In one of her most recent creations, Mariska paints a portrait of a renowned Dubai based radio presenter and his two daughters. She then adds an emotional element to the portrait by creating a jigsaw puzzle effect using shredded pieces of paper from their favorite milk box.



“I want to create art that captures memories, that can be touched. I start with painting portraits of my subjects using photos that I took, and then I add a third dimension of depth and texture using actual recycled materials. This is often the emotional part of the artwork. This way my work is both a piece of art and also an emotional memorabilia.” Says Mariska.

On 17th October, Mariska will be collaborating with Patagonia to exhibit her work in a private show hosted by ZSI Trading LLC. The exhibition, which will be held in Al Zarouni Building in Al Barsha, will then open to the public on Wednesday 18th October (9am – 1pm) and Thursday 19th October (1pm – 5pm).

“In this exhibition you will see a lot of paintings that represent the personal stories of my subjects. The painting tells you who the subject is and the background tells you the rest of the story” Says Mariska. “Many people come to me because they want to immortalize a memory. They might have a photo of their wedding day and together I find items that mean a lot to the couple and use these to create a piece of art that is unique.” She adds.

“ZSI is honored to work with Mariska Nell and support a local environment project. We truly believe that art and recycling brings together a great concept, change minds and inspire people.” Said Dewald Van Der Wath, the General Manager of ZSI Trading LLC

“When we met Mariska, her art spoke to us. She is able to see a deep meaning in items that other people would throw away. In this exhibition we hope that more people will see that it is possible to recycle and repurpose in very creative ways. And that more artists will be encouraged to share their art.”  Says Lillian Kithia, the Executive Director of SPARK Publicity, the agency that handles Mariska’s publicity.

Follow Mariska Nell on Instagram @DesignbyMariska

Public Exhibition showing:

Location Al Zarouni Building, Office 305, Al Barsha.

Wednesday 18th October (9am – 1pm)

Thursday 19th October (1pm – 5pm).

Mariska will also be hosting workshops for adults on 19th October at 10am and for children on the 19thOctober at 4pm.

Workshop Details:

Book a your place in a workshop with Mariska Nell.

Reservation is mandatory –

Adults 19th October at 10am

Children 19th October at 4pm”