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BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1959 in Los Angeles, California, Kamal amir Masiah Al Mansour graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1981, with a degree in political science. In 1984, Al Mansour graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco with a Juris Doctorate degree. Almost 30 years after he began college as an art major, Al Mansour had his first solo exhibition in 2005 at La Petite Gallery in Los Angeles. Although Al Mansour relocated from Los Angeles to northern California in 2005, his work was featured in group and juried exhibitions in Los Angeles in 2005 and 2006.

In 2007, Al Mansour established himself as a Bay Area artist of note with work on exhibit during the 11th Annual The Art of Living Black (San Pablo Art Gallery, Richmond Art Center & Prescott-Joseph Center), Joyce Gordon Gallery in downtown Oakland (CA), Esteban Sabar Gallery in Oakland, and Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA).

In 2008, Al Mansour exhibited in New Power Generation 2008 at Hampton University Museum (VA), PaperWORKS! at MarinMOCA (Novato, CA), Perfect with Pixel at the Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery at Bowling Green State University (OH), and New Visions 2008 at Pro Arts Gallery in downtown Oakland.

In the beginning of 2009, Al Mansour opened in Truth and Consequences at NoneSuch Space Gallery in downtown Oakland, marking his second solo exhibition. Truth and Consequences was reviewed in Artweek magazine in April 2009. Later in 2009, Al Mansour exhibited work in the 22nd September Competition at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Louisiana.

At the start of 2010, Al Mansour was in another solo exhibition, Connected, at Tennessee State University’s Hiram Van Gordon Gallery in Nashville, followed by a group exhibition, the XXVI Biennial Exhibition, at the LaGrange Art Museum in Georgia.

Fela (see, Works) was on exhibit in the 25th International Juried Show, Silver Anniversary, at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Summit), which opened January 14th 2011. Relevance, Al Mansour’s fourth solo exhibition, opened January 17th at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee). On February 6th Al Mansour opened in Made in America: An African American Fine Art Perspective at eVolve the Gallery (Sacramento, CA), featuring 29 other artists from across the country.

In April 2011, Al Mansour joined Catherine Kelleghan Gallery (CKG) in Atlanta, GA, as well as CKG’s sister gallery, Acacia Fine Art. Acacia Fine Art specializes in fine works of art by artists of African descent. Both galleries are located on East Paces Ferry in Atlanta.

In June 2012, Al Mansour participated in the 2012 Summer National Juried Exhibition at MarinMOCA (Novato, CA) where he received an Honorable Mention for Leave No One Behind . . . And later in 2012, in October, Al Mansour participated in New Power Generation 2012: A National Juried Exhibition at Hampton University Museum (Hampton, VA), where he received the Dr. John T. Biggers Drawing Award for Crop Forecast Down . . . Still No $eeds to Sow and the Museum Purchase Award for Leave No One Behind . . . which is now part of the permanent collection at Hampton.

Earlier in 2013, Al Mansour left the Catherine Kelleghan Gallery/Acacia Fine Art in Atlanta, and is now represented in Atlanta by the David Copeland Collection.  In April 2013, Al Mansour participated in a group exhibition, Historical Commentaries, at the College of New Rochelle's Castle Gallery in New York.  Historical Commentaries closed in June.  Later in 2013, Al Mansour participated in two other group exhibitions.  The first, Post Racial U.S.? at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery, and the other, The FL3TCH3R Exhibition of Social & Politically Engaged Art at the Tipton Gallery (Johnson City, TN) in association with East Tennessee State University. Al Mansour received an "Honorable Mention" Award for New World Order #3: Human Mined (Privacy Rights Transformed)

Al Mansour began 2014 in a group exhibition, I Have A Dream, at the Dianne Kidd Gallery at Tiffin University (Tiffin, OH). Later in 2014, Al Mansour participated in a group exhibition, A Commemoration of the Civil Rights Movement: 1964 - 1968, at The Arts Center Gallery of Delaware State University.

The following year, 2015, Al Mansour spent upgrading his digital studio and improving his workspace in a new artist studio in San Jose, California (for the prior 10 years, Al Mansour worked out of a home studio in Fremont, California). The year was spent developing new concepts, reworking existing concepts, and improving his creative process.

Al Mansour began 2016 in a group exhibition, What does #Blacklivesmater mean to you?, at Gallery 51, MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) in North Adams, MA. Al Mansour will have one piece (American Profile No. 3: Prison-Industrial Complex) in an upcoming later this year in the Gutfreund Cornett Art exhibition Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All at the St. Mary’s College Museum of Art.

Al Mansour began 2017, returning to Vanderbilt University in a solo exhibition, Beauty for Ashes, Collage and Assemblage by Kamal Al Mansour, as part of Revolutionizing our American Myth . . . Justice and Democracy?, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at Vanderbilt's Black Cultural Center (BCC). Beauty for Ashes opened January 16th and ran until February 24th. In February, Al Mansour opened in a group exhibition, Incarceration, at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art (OCCCA), which ran from February 4th thru March 11th. On exhibit was American Profile #3: Prison-Industrial Complex, (see, Works) which was in several exhibitions in 2016. Al Mansour's next exhibition is Create/Change at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington, DC. This group exhibition opens on August 4th and runs until August 27th. On exhibit will be What Did We Do To Be So Black And Blue?! and New World Order No. 3: Human Mined (Privacy Rights Transformed).

Al Mansour continues to focus on creating a new body of work, which includes such subjects as the economy, education, creating several new series, as well as continuing several series and other works. Al Mansour is also working on a series of abstracts.

In 2018, Al Mansour has two pieces on exhibit in Brand 46: Works on Paper, the 46th Annual National Juried Exhibition. This exhibition marks 12 years since Al Mansour showed at the Brand Libraries & Art Center in Glendale, California. The two works are: New World Order #2: Classes and Masses and Altered State(s) (see, Works). Al Mansour received the Juror's Award from Edward Goldman (Huffington Post, KCRW & NPR Art Critic) for Altered State(s).

Al Mansour's early career as the founder and president of AfroLink® Software, which created the first Afrocentric interactive multimedia software, continues to strongly influence his aesthetic and thematic approach — a rich graphic interface, and engaging interactive content.