Of Saudi-Kuwaiti origin, born in India and educated in both Kuwait and London, Munira Al-Kazi is recognized as one of the most prominent female artists from the GCC. This work, attributed to the early 1960s, exemplifies the artist’s experimentation with abstraction and use of mixed media. Reflecting her studies at London’s Central School of Art and Design, where she focused in printmaking, the present work is at once painted, cut, creased, and etched. It comprises her notable geometric motifs and a button added to the centre in a unique manner that is inherent to the artist’s style.
Since the 1960s, Al-Kazi’s prints and paintings have been collected by multiple international institutions, notably the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (see inv. no. E.1056-1966) MoMA, New York (see inv. no. 119.1965) and the Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah. Her work appeared in the inaugural exhibition of Sultan Gallery in Kuwait in 1969, followed by others throughout the Middle East, Europe and the United States. Al-Kazi now lives in Ibiza and continues to experiment, notably with digital media, which she integrates into her artwork.