Zaina Alhizami is an international artist who has trained across Europe and developed a unique style that combines the traditional techniques picked up from artisans with her own eccentric ones. Typically her work is characterised with bright colours, wild patterns and highly textured with 3D elements.
Ejecting herself from the high-flying world of an advertising executive in New York in 2015, Zaina realised the passion and impulsion she felt when doodling on note pads. Realising this was the direction she needed to take her life in, so she immersed herself into a creative life in Tuscany, Italy, for several years. A chance meeting with a sculptor led Zaina to a community of artisans that would change the course of her life as she began training under their tutelage in the traditional techniques of art. From gilding to mosaics, she took her sweet time to explore.
“I like to be left alone, in order to crawl into my imagination, and comfortably go into my head. The gates, barriers and masked faces that are evident in most of my work are symbols of my greatest need-to escape. Ive always been desperate to feel the depth in everything I was experiencing, to absorb the beauty of life, to understand my emotions- and only isolation takes me there. ”
Zaina is a Saudi Arabian, Lebanese, Palestinian, Kuwaiti woman. She spent half her youth in the West and developed a sense of adventure whilst still remaining strongly connected to her Arab roots. Growing up she has always felt like a free-spirit, unattached to any land or home. Although the theme of reconciling the culture she grew up within, with Western liberalism, is one that is continuously explored in her work alongside femininity, expression, emotion and the complexity of the human experience.
“My art is entertaining for the most part. The colours and expressions I put into these pieces light people up, I enjoy being an entertainer and lighting people up. The other part is for me, it's a slow study of my internal self. It's the diary I pour my emotions into, in order to understand myself and make sense of the wild world inside of us” - Zaina Al Hizami