Pakistani painter Rabia Zakir, this week became the first international artist to hold a solo show in Madinah. Zakir is well known in Islamabad’s diplomatic circles for her portraits of Arab leaders, including the Saudi crown prince and members of the royal families of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Her portraits and landscapes hang in 50 embassies in Pakistan.
Zahir said she had seen a “clear change” in the arts and culture scene in Saudi Arabia “due to special interest of crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman under his vision 2030.”
Her solo show in the kingdom, which she described as a “journey of faith,” was a sign of the changing times.
Zakir has also been presented with an award by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts for “strengthening Pak-Saudi ties” and will be holding a training workshop for young Saudi artists.
Source: Arab News PK