Google Doodle pays tribute to Naziha Salim: Iraq’s most influential artists

Google paid a tribute Saturday (April 23, 2022) via its Doodle artwork to Naziha Salim, a painter, professor and one of the most influential artists in Iraq’s contemporary art scene

On this day in 2020, Naziha’s work was highlighted by the Barjeel Art Foundation in their collection of female artists.

Salim was born into a family of Iraqi artists in Turkey. Her father was a painter and her mother was a skilled embroidery artist.

All three of her brothers worked in the arts, including Jawad, who’s widely considered one of Iraq’s most influential sculptors.

Because of her hard work and passion for art she was one of the first women awarded a scholarship to continue her education in Paris at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts.

In Paris, Salim specialized in fresco and mural painting. After graduating, she spent several years abroad, immersing herself in art and culture.

she returned to Baghdad to work at the Fine Arts Institute where she would teach until retirement.

Naziha Salim’s artwork hangs at the Sharjah Art Museum and the Modern Art Iraqi Archive. There you can see the magic she created from dripping brushes and brimmed canvases.