About the Artist:
Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, b.1956) is a painter and photographer. Her work focuses on the Arab female identity in a 19th-century Orientalist style. She is well-known for hand-drawn Arabic calligraphy paintings done with henna on different types of surfaces, such as fabric, bodies, and even walls. Her style reflects her training and expertise in constructing intricately set Figurative compositions. Born and raised in Morocco, Essaydi lived in Saudi Arabia before relocating to the United States. She studied art at the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France, between 1990 and 1994. In 1999, she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tufts University in Medford, MA. She later received a Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, in 2003. The artist also holds a diploma in Photography from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.