(Architectural Digest Middle East) 5 Middle Eastern Artists You Need To Know

(Architectural Digest Middle East) 5 Middle Eastern Artists You Need To Know

The Middle East is home to some of the world’s leading art institutions, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Art Foundation, Qatar Museums, Jameel Art Center in Dubai and Hayy Jameel in Jeddah. These institutions are elevating the region’s artists who draw on centuries of tradition and knowledge, to create artworks that not only reflect their rich culture but also offer thought provoking contemporary pieces that transcend regional boundaries.


Alymamah Rashed

Alymamah Rashed is a Kuwaiti visual artist who explores topics of identity and the natural environment through the discourse of her own body, fluctuating between perspectives of the East and West. Her work negotiates her female subjectivity in relation to regional folklore, the banal objects she encounters everyday, and her local botanical finds.  Rashed’s paintings are not just a visual documentation of her personal life, but also a collective reflection of what many women, Muslims, and Arabs experience. She tackles difficult subjects expertly, as her work is not overtly political, yet addresses issues of Islamophobia, gender equality, racism, reclaiming one’s spirituality and femininity, and challenging social norms. 

Alymamah received her MFA in Fine Arts at Parsons School of Design in 2019 and her BFA in Fine Arts at The School of Visual Arts in 2016. She has participated in various exhibitions in New York City including the Czech Center, Parsol Projects, and The New School. She is a recipient of the Masters Scholarship and the Merit Scholarship program by the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education. 


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