Artist: Thuraya Al-Baqsami
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
When I was working on my bear, the war in Iraq had just finished. As I was very relieved about that I used cheerful colours to paint my bear. I'm dreaming of peace for all the people of this world.
The palm tree on the bear's belly symbolises kindness. I've generally used many symbols and show the observer a nostalgic view of Kuwait. I got inspired by the beauty of the Arabic heritage: By its masterful craft, its art of weaving, the many Arabic legends and, not least, by the beauty of the Arabian desert.
Sponsor: Botschaft des Staates Kuwait