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Zaina El-Said
b. 1978, Jordan

Zaina El-Said was born in 1978 in Jordan, of North Caucasian origin. She completed her higher education in 2001 from the American Intercontinental University in London. Between travels and missions between Europe, America and Russia, it wasn’t until year 2010 that Zaina settled back in Amman and took up arts as her career path. Being brought up in a family of artists it seemed destined she would eventually follow the household footprints.

Zaina began painting, mainly drawn to geometry and calligraphy, but it wasn’t until 2014 that she took a major turn and delved into the world of collage art. Using different material on canvas was a starting point which led to creating whole pieces from cut out magazines, newspaper, CD covers and any available material she found. It was the different textures and eclectic and surreal result that she was drawn to achieve. Collage art was a way in assembling worlds from already existing places and people. Moving forward with the collage technique, Zaina switched to digital collage and transformed her works to digital, and managed to mix both digital and hand cut together in her works.

Zaina’s collage art focuses on assembling many worlds into one, usually led by a protagonist; she focuses on mixing world cultures, architecture, motifs, archaeology, arts and nature into a single portrait to convey that human innovation complements one another harmoniously with nature. Her works can be described as surreal, symmetrical, colourful and full of patterns.

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Credentials

Regional solo exhibitions
International group exhibitions
Art fair participant

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Artist Statement

'My upbringing was divided between tribal/military atmosphere as well as artists and designers. Thus, my artwork followed a similar pattern. In my work a central character (hero or authority figure) leads the work and is interwoven within a story of patterns, ideas, architecture and details that belong to completely different origins. I focus on creating harmony through differences and create oneness from contrast of color and ideas to convey the importance of transcending differences if one is to focus on beauty'.


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CV

Education

2001 BA in Business Administration – American Intercontinental University London


Solo Exhibitions

2020 'Love & Platonic Love', QODE Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2019 'Parallel Worlds', Madina Saralp Art Centre, Nalchik, Russia
2018 'Memoirs of a Nation', Istanbul Kafkas Cultural Centre, Istanbul, Turkey
2018 'Goddesses and Metaphors', The Workshop, Dubai, UAE
2017 'Dreams of Circassia', Madina Saral'p Art Centre, Nalchik, Russia
2017 'Legends & Heroes', Jacaranda Images Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2016 'Tales of One Thousand & One Nights', Four Seasons Hotel, Moscow, Russia
2016 'Tales in Frames', Ur Art Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel, Amman, Jordan
2015 20 + artwork consigned @ Jacaranda Images Art Gallery, Amman – Jordan
2012 'Hymns of stars' (part 1) تراتيل النجوم, Atelier Baba Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2012 'Homage to Issam El Said by Zaina El-Said', Orfali Art Centre, Amman, Jordan


Group Exhibitions

2020-2021 F.A.D x Corner Gallery pop up, Amman, Jordan
2019 'Women Artists Together', Hindiyeh Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2019 'NAHNU', Jodar Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2019 'The Conference of Birds', Jacaranda Images Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2019 'Room with a View', W Hotel, Amman, Jordan
2018 'Pioneer Women Artists', The Jordanian Artists Association, Amman, Jordan
2018 Adyega Republic National Museum, Makyop, Russia
2018 'Something Else', Off Biennale Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
2017 'Retrospective', Al-Housh Art Gallery, Amman, Jordan
2016 Laylak 3rd Art Auction, Amman, Jordan
2016 'NABAD Summer Show', NABAD Art Gallery, amman, Jordan


Art Fairs

2021 Egypt International Art Fair, Cairo, Egypt
2019 'In Search for Indentity', Caucasus Biennale, ARTPLAY Centre, Moscow, Russia
2018 ART DUBAI, Emergeast Gallery and Fann A Porter Gallery, Dubai, UAE
2011 Sunny Art Fair, Zara Art Centre, Amman, Jordan


Commissions

2018-2019 W Hotel Amman, Jordan and W Hotel Muscat, Oman
2017 Held various projects from Hotel and Villa Art furnishing to private VIP artwork
2016 Collaboration with Antakarana Organization (VIP concierge services in Istanbul) commissioned to make 30 customized artwork
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


Courses

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


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