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Born into a family of Iraqi artists, Zaina was born and raised in Amman / Zaina started her artistic journey by painting regional Arab culture and folklore and explored different mediums before exploring collage and digital art / Cutting out images from magazines, fairy-tale books, posters and endless material that can also be found in nature to create a narrative and surreal collage paintings / Her pleasure in working with collage is the sublime timelessness each piece presents / The unexpected and surrealistic feel it endows the viewer can resemble a dream: Where no time era or space is visible /
2001 BA in Business Administration – American Intercontinental University London
2016 Solo Exhibition “Tales in Frames” Ur Art Gallery – Four Seasons Hotel, Amman
2015 20 + artwork consigned @ Jacaranda Images Art Gallery, Amman – Jordan
2013 2014 6 + artworks consigned @ gallery Lam, Riyadh – Saudi Arabia
2012 Resident artist @ Alhoush.com
2012 Hymns of stars (part 1) تراتيل النجوم Amman -Jordan, Atelier Baba
2012 Homage to Issam El Said by Zaina El-Said Amman, Orfali Art Center
2012-2015 commissioned to do art deco objects for villas in Jordan, Egypt, London.
2010-2011 commissioned to do artwork for 3 villas in Jordan and participated with Artwork Company Art and Architecture to furnish 4 hotels in Jordan
2000-2001 History of Art I & II, American Intercontinental University London.
2002-2003 Art course; drawing, water color, acrylic and oil painting. Ali Maher studio gallery, Amman – Jordan
2005 Acrylic painting. Ruslan Tsarim Studio, Nalchik – Russia
2007-2010 Attended various art workshops in Jordan, Russia and Syria
The pleasure in working with collage is the sublime timelessness each piece presents. The unexpected and surrealistic feel it endows the viewer can resemble a dream. Where no time era or space is visible. Fusing different epochs in history, icons, sceneries, nature, architecture, patterns, cultures and peoples, space, objects, animals into a single story line. Some pieces have a theme that aims to transmit a specific message, others may simply be interpreted by the viewer’s own understanding of the collage, giving the liberty to the mind to unleash the endless meaning possibilities. However, ultimately Zaina’s collages aim to focus on beauty and blend our colourful world into a single portrait.