Today’s Google Doodle is to Naziha Salim fondly called “the first Iraqi woman who anchored the pillars of Iraqi contemporary art” by the sixth Iraqi president Jalal Talabani.
• Born in 1927 in Istanbul, Naziha Salim belongs to a family of Iraqi artists
• She was awarded a scholarship to study abroad
• Her paintings mainly represent rural Iraqi women
• She authored a book on the history of modern Iraqi art, Iraq: Contemporary Art
A Look At The Life Of Naziha Salim
Born in 1927 into a family of Iraqi artists living in Turkey, Naziha Salim took her first lessons in painting from her father Hajji Mohammed Salim, who himself was a painter. Her mother was a skilled embroider. Her older brothers Rashid, Su’ad Salim, Nizarre, and Jawad were also talented artists. Out of the four, it was Jawad who became Iraq’s most beloved sculptor.
Naziha Salim started painting at an early age and she loved to paint pictures using her creativity. Her family sent her to the Baghdad Fine Arts Institute from where she graduated with distinction. Her hard work got her a scholarship to study at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. And she was the first Iraqi woman to get a scholarship.
• She taught arts at the Fine Arts Institute until her retirement
• She founded Al-Ruwwad, a community of artists that incorporate European art techniques into the Iraqi aesthetic
• She compiled the history of the early development of Iraq’s modern art movement in a book, Iraq: Contemporary Art
Why Is Google Celebrating Naziha Salim?
Naziha Salim’s art work is displayed at the Sharjah Art Museum and the Modern Art Iraqi Archive. Google is celebrating her life to highlight her long-standing contributions to the art world.