Mouneer Al Shaarani was born in 1952 and is an internationally acclaimed Syrian artist. He is an admired calligrapher, book designer and writer with over 50 years of experience. He found his calling at a young age as an apprentice for the most important Syrian calligrapher, Badawi Al Dirany. He then graduated from the faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1977. Known for his work in contemporary Arab Calligraphy, Al Shaarani has also become popular for his innovative and scholarly advancements of the traditional calligraphic script. His work reflects the faultlessness attained through pioneering dimensions. In addition to working as a consultant for the International Arab Encyclopedia, Al Shaarani has also published tutorials and articles about Arab calligraphy and Arab Islamic Art. His work has been showcased internationally, gaining wide exposure through exhibitions in over a dozen countries around the Arab world, Europe and the United States. The artwork has been acquired by iconic institutions such as the Reitberg Museum in Zurich, Museum of Contemporary Art in Tunisia, Museum of Red Cross in Geneva, Museum of Islamic Art in Malaysia and by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cairo. His works are also in private collections in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Qatar and Bahrain.