2019 Nov 11

Paintings by Middle Eastern artists

Anna Boghiguian, Huguette Caland, Semiha Berksoy and Gülsün Karamustafa are known artists from the MeNa-region (Middle East, North Africa). In case you have not heard of them yet, here are some paintings you need to know.

Anna Boghiguian, an Egyptian Armenian artist, lives and works in Egypt — a country also deeply connected to her work. “Nefretiti” (2013) is one of it. It is based on Nefertiti, an Egyptian queen and the Great Royal Wife of the Pharao Akhenaten. An abstract painting playing with the beholders imagination.
Another exceptional artist is Huguette Caland, the daughter of the first Lebanese post-independence president. She studied at the American University in Beirut. Before she settled down in Venice, California, she lived in Paris. Today she is a known artist in Los Angeles where she is known for her abstract paintings showing body parts such as lips or eyes. Erotica and sensuality are some aspects of her work. Her blue-colored self portrait from 1973 is a perfect example.

Huguette Caland, Self Portrait, 1973.
Semiha Berksoy, “Birth” My Mother, 1972.
Galerist, Istanbul
Gülsün Karamustafa, Prison Paintings 17, 1972.
Courtesy: the artist and BüroSarigedik, Istanbul. Photo: Artist’s Archive
Anna Boghiguian, Nefretiti, 2013.
Courtesy: the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg / Beirut