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Tariq "Rick" Sharif

Professional Blade Artist

A Bahraini-born artist who has developed the unusual ability to create art by superimposing blades and colored paper to create stunning renditions of celebrities, movie figures, comic heroes, and individuals from all walks of life. Currently, resides in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.


As a result, each piece is entirely handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. A distance view of his paintings offers strong, photographic-like pictures, yet a close inspection reveals each individual cut, performed by hand with a blade.

Tariq's love of comic books has inspired him to create "portraits" of Superman, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Cat Woman, and many more characters. His celebrity portraits include Sir Patrick Stewert, Michael Jordan, Mohamed Ali, Tupac Shakur, and many more.

His strength lies in his ability to create commissioned portraits, which are highly praised as personal gifts.