who is  naziha salim 

who is  naziha salim 

Naziha Salim was an Iraqi painter, professor and one of the most influential artists in Iraq’s contemporary art scene.

Her work often depicts rural Iraqi women and peasant life through bold brush strokes and vivid colors.

On this day in 2020, Naziha Salim was spotlighted by the Barjeel Art Foundation in their collection of female artists.

To paint the scene, Salim was born into a family of Iraqi artists in Turkey.

Her father was a painter and her mother was a skilled embroidery artist.

All three of her brothers worked in the arts, including Jawad, who’s widely considered one of Iraq’s most influential sculptors.

From an early age she enjoyed making her own art.

Salim enrolled at the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute where she studied painting and graduated with distinction.

Because of her hard work and passion for art she was one of the first women awarded a scholarship to continue her education in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.

While in Paris, Salim specialized in fresco and mural painting.

After graduation, she spent several more years abroad, immersing herself in art and culture.

Naziha Salim’s artwork hangs at the Sharjah Art Museum and the Modern Art Iraqi Archive.

There you can see the magic she created from dripping brushes and brimmed canvases