Artist: Thuraya Al-Baqsami

*1952, Kuwait

1972-74: College of Fine Arts in Cairo

1981: Master's Degree, Arts Institute of Surikov Moscow

Since 1970: Journalist and Illustrator of Kuwaiti magazines and newspapers

1989: Received the "Golden Palm Leaf" from the GCC Biennial in Saudi Arabia

1992: Received the "Golden Palm Leaf" from the GCC in Qatar

1997: State award for children's literature in Kuwait
Awards since 2001: award from the European Union for Art, Prague

Award of Franz Kafka for literature and art, Berlin

“World Prize of Salvador Dali” by the Alliance Salvador Dali International, Spain

Award in literature from the Almadina Culture Society, Madrid

European Award for the support of Arts and Creative Activities, Prague
41 international personal exhibitions


With my Buddy Bear, I would like to show the natural beauty that exists all over Kuwait. For this, I used symbols and letters found in Arabic folklore.

The fish: a symbol of wealth

The dove: a symbol of peace

The palm of the hand: a symbol of goodness

I have used such brilliant, vital colours to show how happy the people of Kuwait are to live in this kind of atmosphere.

Thuraya Al-Baqsami

Sponsor: Embassy of Kuwait