Egyptian Artist Fatma, talks about the gateway to human faces and equality for all.

Fatma Abodoma is an Egyptian visual artist based between Cairo and Kuwait. Her watercolour drawings encapsulates her world of women, expression and equality. We are absolutely loving the energy in her work!

Getting straight into it, tell us a little about your self?

I am a visual artist from Egypt, my roots belong to the south, the place where I feel peaceful and safe. I lived most of my life in Cairo, the wild old city that inspires me like nothing else. I studied Art, and I have exhibited my work in Cairo/Egypt, Berlin/Germany, Leipzig/Germany and Bochum/Germany and Kuwait. Art for me is a therapy, the magic way to happiness and a peace of mind. My soul has been rescued by the lovely little paws that keep running around in the house and believe me there is a lot of them. Last but not least in a previous life I was a whale who loved to sing.


When did you start to create Art and what inspires you to draw?

Art has always existed in my life since I was a child, but I started art professionally since I joined the art school. I found the gateway to heaven in human faces. A human face communicates love, hatred, passion, happiness; it shows all the mixed complicated feelings, especially the eyes. The human body is also a gateway to a lot of things, but in a face, feelings are more focused, so faces inspire me the most.


Your style of drawing is very unique and quite abstract too, how did you develop this style?

Through teaching art to 3 to 6 years old children, my art developed as never before, children at this age are the most creative among us all, they inspired me, they gave me a lot of positive and artistic vibes which reflected directly into my art.


What are the reoccurring themes in your work and is there a reason for this?

I always find myself attracted to themes that revolve around feminism causes. and I think being a woman who believes in Equality and Justice as much as I believe that the world today lack both, towards women, that itself gives me a strong reason.

Tell me about the art scene in Cairo and Kuwait, and what’s it like for emerging Artists?

It’s  pretty different between both, in Kuwait some how it is a small community where it is easier to get exposure, the art scene developed a lot in the last three years, lots of art galleries started to open and to be active which is very promising.

But for Cairo a city of 20 million citizens or even more it takes a lot of time to get exposure, but on the other hand there are always various amounts of art styles, art groups, galleries and events. The art scene is so crowded which creates a higher limit of competition. Yet being a part of both scenes adds a lot to myself and to my art.


Connect us with a few of your favourite Arab Artists at the moment.

Ghadah Alkandari (Kuwaiti artist, her Instgram is @prettygreenbullet)

Omneia Naguib (Egyptian visual artist and graphic designer, her Instgram is @omneianag)

Khadija Mostafa (Egyptian visual artist, her Instgram is @khadija_mostafa )

Mohamed AlkouH ( Kuwaiti artistic photographer his Instgram is @malkouh)

Noha Redwan (Egyptian visual artist)

Follow Fatima here @fatmabodoma

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