Mona Saudi

Mona Saudi was born in Amman, Jordan in 1945. She studied sculpture at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.

 

Saudi sculpts mainly in stone. Her forms are full of vitality, beauty and a clear sense of equilibrium. Saudi created her first sculpture in stone in 1965, named Mother/Earth. She frequently returns to ideas of fertility and growth. Always starting with basic shapes, the square, circle, cylinder, rectangle, she goes on to give them movement, a life of their own – either repeating their forms, varying their depths or heights or cutting them across one another to create new, graceful compositions. She describes herself as a stone lover, respecting and manipulating the primary material of the earth to create her powerful and timeless works. Saudi revels in finding different forms of natural stone from the Middle East, using white marble form Carrara, pink limestone and green marble from Jordan or black diorite from Syria, Mona creates modern, abstract forms expressing themes of life force and creation.

 

Her works have been shown in solo exhibitions worldwide including: Focus: Icons, Abu Dhabi Art, with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2018; Poetry & Form, Sharjah Art Museum, UAE, 2018; Humanized Abstraction, Saleh Barakat Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon, 2017; Poetry in Stone, Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2015; Jacaranda Images Gallery, Amman, Jordan: joint exhibition with daughter Dia Batal, Artcircle Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon, 2013; Saint John Perse Foundation, Aix-en-Provenance, France, 2011; Europia Gallery, Paris, France, 2011; The Mosaic Rooms, AM Qattan Foundation, London, UK, 2010; Jacaranda Images Gallery, Amman, Jordan, 2010; Quartier des Arts, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004; Al Oudaya Museum, Rabat, Morocco, 1999; Retrospective, Darat Al-Funun, Amman, Jordan , 1995; Galerie 50 x 70, Beirut, Lebanon, 1992; Al-Salmieh Gallery, Kuwait, 1985; Alif Gallery, Washington D.C., USA, 1984; Alia Gallery, Amman, Jordan, 1983; Galerie Epreuve d’Artiste, Beirut, Lebanon, 1982; Galerie Elissar, Beirut, Lebanon, 1981; Galerie Contemporaine, Beirut, Lebanon, 1975; Galerie One, Beirut, Lebanon, 1973; Galerie Vercamer, Paris, France, 1971 and Café de la Presse, Beirut, Lebanon, 1963.

 

Saudi has exhibited in several group exhibitions including: Abu Dhabi Art, with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2016; Abu Dhabi Art, with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2015; Art Dubai Contemporary, with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2015; Abu Dhabi Art, with Lawrie Shabibi, UAE, 2014; Le Corps Découvert, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 2012 ; Salon d’Automne, Sursok Museum, Beirut, Lebanon, 2011-1993; International Cairo Biennale, Cairo, Egypt, 2003; Les Ateliers Arabes, UNESCO, Beirut, Lebanon, 2001; Voyage en Jordanie, Hotel de Ville, Paris, France, 1997; Rhythm and Form, Visual Reflections on Poetry, USA, 1996; Forces of Change, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA, 1994; Arab Contemporary Artists, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, 1987; Arab Artists, Kunst Hus, Oslo, Norway, 1981; Palestinian Art, Oriental Museum, Moscow, Russia; International Art Exhibition for Palestine, Beirut, Lebanon, 1979; Colamarini and his Students, Musee Rodin, Paris, France, 1978 and Salon de Mai, Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris, France, 1973-1972.

 

Her works are featured in the collections of the Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; the British Museum, London, UK; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, UAE; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France; the National Gallery of the Fine Arts, Amman, Jordan; the Khaled Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan; National Museum for Women in the Arts, Washington D.C., USA; Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyya, Kuwait; the Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait; Moussem culturel international d’Assilah, Asilah, Morocco; the French Embassy, Amman, Jordan; Arab Bank Headquarters, Amman, Jordan; Cairo Bank Headquarters, Amman, Jorda; Jabal Amman, Public Square, Amman, Jordan; University of Science & Technology, Irbid, Jordan; Al Wafa Bank, Casablanca, Morocco; International Sculpture Park, Rashana, Lebanon; Al Hariri Art Collection, Beirut, Lebanon; and the Ministry of Culture, Cairo, Egypt.

 

A monumental sculpture by Mona Saudi stands outside the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, the only work permitted to grace the surrounding precinct by its architect Jean Nouvel.

 

She lives and works in Beirut and Amman.