In mixed media on canvas, Faika Al Hassan renders tens, if not hundreds or even thousands of faceless figures, roaming around in absolute anonymity. In her work, the painter seeks to deconstruct the relationship between human beings and the vastness of the universe.
Al Hasan was born in Bahrain but studied in Iraq. After graduating with a degree in economics from the University of Baghdad, the artist returned to Bahrain, and enrolled in a number of art and painting courses. She started exhibiting her work in Bahrain in 2004 and in 2007 won the fine
art exhibition award at the Bahrain National Museum.
Her work is not only celebrated in Bahrain: she has had solo shows in Madrid, Brussels and Damascus, and showcased her paintings in group exhibitions and galleries in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait and Qatar. Growing up in a conservative family, Al Hassan says she sought an escape in art. “It was the only way for me to express all the emotions and feelings I had inside,” she says now.