By Lidia Al-Qattan
Sami was born in 1943 in the Sharq district of Old Kuwait Town in modest family surrounding. From early childhood he was betrayed artistic potential in the way of making mechanical toys and little figures of people and animal in clay. In his early school days one of his teachers, Mansoor, discovered his artistic inclination and encouraged him to practice. Other teachers took an interest in his talent and soon he was making drawings for them to hang in their classroom.
In 1956, during the Nationalization of the Suez Canal and the animosity it evoked throughout the Arabian world Sami's school principle charged him to make lots of little figures to stage a battle ground, Sami made about 60 of them representing fighting soldiers and civilians. At the inauguration of the display, that covered the entire school stage, he was awarded first prize. For Sami that was the turning point in his life. From that day art became the ruling spirits of all his undertaking and thoughts, the school atelier became his playground.