Mona Saudi, the renowned Jordanian artist and sculptor whose work became part of collections around the world, has died at age 76. The sad news was announced through the artist’s gallery on social media. “Very sad that Mona Saudi, the great Jordanian sculptor, left us tonight,” William Shabibi of Lawrie Shabibi gallery shared on Wednesday.
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In grievance of her passing, her close friends and industry colleagues also shared a few words on their social media accounts. “Mona Saudi is no longer with us. Long live Mona Saudi, a great sculptor and beloved friend,” conveyed Palestinian artist and friend Samia Halaby on Instagram. “Rest in peace dear Mona, a pioneer and a force of nature, a true sculptor and artist,” shared President and Director of Sharjah Art Foundation Hoor Al-Qasimi, while Sheikha Lateefa Bint Maktoum, founder and director of Tashkeel, also offered her condolences via Instagram.
Born in the capital of Jordan, Amman, in 1945, Saudi had studied sculpture at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Her work has been showcased globally in a number of countries including Dubai, London, and Paris. Presenting her work in multiple institutions such as Sharjah Art Foundation, British Museum in London, National Museum for women in the Arts in Washington D.C, and the Ministry of Culture in Cairo since she was as young as 18 years old, Saudi has left her cultural impact through her sculptures on the world.