Madiha Umar

Madiha Umar studied art at the Maria Grey Training College in London, graduating with honours in 1933. She studied and taught art in Baghdad, Iraq, during the 1930s. Continuing her training in Washington d.c., Umar received a degree there in art education from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in fine arts from the Corcoran School of Art in 1950. Umar pioneered the modern use of Arabic calligraphy in abstract painting. Her work has received critical acclaim and has been included in many books on the history of art. Her work is held in collections including Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, and the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman.
Umar died in 2005 in New York.

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