Ahmed Mater was born in 1979 in Tabouk, Saudi Arabia. He works as an artist and medical doctor, and splits his time between Abha, Jeddah, and Makkah in Saudi Arabia. He is the founder of the Al-Meftaha Arts Village in Abha. He co-founded Edge of Arabia in 2003, and since then has attracted international attention for his art, which encompasses photography, calligraphy, painting, installation, performance, and video. His work explores the narratives and aesthetics of Islamic culture in an era of globalization, consumerism, and transformation.