Mona Al Khaja

Mona Al Khaja is a visual artist whose work is known for its Islamic patterns, Arabic calligraphy and natural elements. She explores social issues and the struggles present in modern society through painting and multimedia. Al Khaja’s work has been shown in several solo exhibitions, including Observe + Absorb, Majlis Gallery, Dubai (2019);Melodies of the East, Sharjah University (2019); Colors, Dubai Women’s College (2019); Chromatic Horizons, Sharjah University (2015); Salutation and Endearment, Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association (2015); and Pearls, Honar Gallery, Dubai (2010). Al Khaja has additionally participated in the Sharjah Biennial, Art Dubai and has presented at Art Abu Dhabi. Mona Al Khaja has participated in a range of local and international group exhibitions, including shows at the Sharjah Art Museum, K Gallery in Dubai, the Embassy of Mexico in Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Art exhibition, among others, over the years .Al Khaja has received numerous awards, including the Al Owais Award, Dubai (2019 and 2004); and L’Officiel Arab Women Award, Dubai (2010). Al Khaja also participated in the Fujairah International Arts Festival Residency in 2018.She holds a BFA from Helwan University, Cairo (1981). She is a member of the Emirates Association of Fine Arts and the Committee for the Creation of the Curriculum of Art Education in the UAE. Born in 1958 in Sharjah, Al Khaja currently lives and works in Dubai

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Mona Al-Khaja

Emirati Artist Mona Al Khaja studied art from 1976 to 1981 at the College of Fine Arts in Cairo, where she developed a natural talent for oil and acrylic painting. Since then, the mother of 6 and grandmother also of 6 has evolved her style from realism to abstract as a way to continue expanding her journey as an artist. Her pieces are studded with Middle-Eastern motifs and Islamic patterns and can be distinguished by her signature use of bold colors. Balancing her time as a full-time artist, wife, mother and a grand-mother has been challenging for Mona, but she hopes that her work will be appreciated by art lovers and inspire other Emirati women to pursue their passions and creativity.

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