Gailani is a self-taught contemporary artist of Iraqi & Pakistani decent living in Muscat, Oman. He exhibits his paintings in the Middle-East, Europe & North America. His recent work is known for its pop-art inspired portraits with street graffiti lettering.

He is the founder of  “Gailani Art Retreat” a creative getaway of self-expression using painting and music that has engaged more than 800 participants over 50 art retreats since its inception in 2013.

In September 2016 his work exhibited in New York Coffee Art Festival won the Visitor Choice Award. The same month he published his book “Gailani – An Artistic Journey” – A memoir of his life story told through paintings. In December 2017 his painting “the Refugee” won the Jury award at the 3rd Annual “Show Your World Art Competition” showcased at Gallery MC,  New York City .

Gailani  is dubbed as the “debating artist” and is associated with art that is self-reflective and with a social message lending his voice to causes of child abuse, anti-bullying, and human trafficking. His series of  work titled “Fresh Slaves at Discounts” are being showcased at  “Art for Justice” exhibition in Paris during May 2018 and will to travel through Europe aiming to shed light on human trafficking.

Gailani also curates art works of other middle-east based artists, writes a column on the art world for an Omani periodical, and lectures on “Art & Healing” to students in schools, colleges and art forums in Oman.