Mawadah Muhtasib is a progressive Saudi Artist and a Graphic Designer from Jeddah. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Motion Graphics from Dar AlHekma University in Saudi Arabia. Mawadah was recognized nationally and internationally; at an early age; for her distinguished paintings and has been celebrated by media and art initiatives for her calligraffiti typeface that she personally designed. She won art contests, participated in Saudi royal functions, travelled with her paintings across the globe, and was interviewed by media outlets to discuss her one of a kind calligraffiti typeface, and to praise her for her winnings and achievements.
One of the artist’s key masterpieces took place in 2013 when she created the first ever Arabic Calligraffiti typeface that is a combination of Calligraffiti paintings and mirrored Arabic letters. Her inspiration came primarily from the aesthetic of the strokes of the Arabic letters and form, and from her fondness for the Graffiti art. Muhtasab’s Calligrafitti is a beautiful decorative contemporary Arabic handwritten typeface that is exclusively and exceptionally written from left to right. It is a celebration of a merge of two eras; the legacy of the Arabic Calligraphy and the progressiveness of the Graffiti Art; which is also a reflection and an clever expression of the artist’s personality as a creative, forward thinker, non-ordinary Saudi woman who as much as she’s progressive, she is also deeply rooted to her Arabic - Islamic - Saudi heritage. The mirrored letters of this unique Calligraffiti is not necessarily readable to the observer as they will only be attracted to the beauty of the Calligraffiti’s strokes and that precisely serves the ideology of her art. Moreover, this inspires Muhtasib to express herself freely trusting that; apart from her; nobody can comprehend the written content of her art.
Mawadah’s Art travelled with her around the world for exhibitions, collaborations, and contests. For example, she exhibited her art in Kuala Lumpur, New York and Detroit. Moreover, she participated in Create & Inspire contest in Brazil, and was the youngest artist to ever win this prize. Furthermore, she collaborated with international luxurious brands such as Louis Vuitton and MONTBLANC between 2014 and 2019. She was also hired as a jury member for the Purificación García contest that took place at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh in 2020.
In 2016 Mawadah was the first Saudi artist to win the Art Bus competition in Dubai in which her winning painting was printed on two busses that traveled around Dubai’s streets for days. She was also appointed by HRH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Office to participate in creating the longest Graffiti roll that broke Guinness World Records that year.
Locally, the young aspiring artist was chosen amongst selective Saudi Artists by the community of King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithraa) to showcase her work along with her fellow Saudi artists at an art exhibition that was part of the preparation for the historical first presidential visit of President Donald Trump to Saudi Arabia in 2017. HRH the custodian of the Holy Mosques; King Salman bin AbdulAziz Al Saud; visited the exhibition alongside the President of the United States and his entourage to view the astounding Saudi art collection. In the same year, as an appreciation for Mawadah’s distinctive talent, Ithraa granted her a full sponsorship for an Art Residency in New York, USA. During her time in New York, the United Nations selected her work to be exhibited amongst globally remarkable artists at the International UN Bazar in NYC.