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.
Recent solo exhibitions include 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; Saint John Perse Foundation, Aix-en-Provenance, France, 2011; The Mosaic Rooms, AM Qattan Foundation, London, UK, 2010; and Retrospective, Darat Al-Funun, Amman, Jordan , 1995.
Select group exhibitions include 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; Voyage en Jordanie, Hotel de Ville, Paris, France, 1997; 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 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.