Ghadah Alkandari was born in India in 1969 to diplomatic parents. She grew up in Algeria, Spain, Iran, Syria and Egypt. But it was her six-week painting course at NYC’s School of Visual Arts in 1990 that forged her current painting style, which has been influenced by classical painters: Cezanne, Matisse, Schiele, Modigliani and Klimt; comic books: Mad Magazine, Archie and Asterix; writer Barry Yourgrau and children’s author Shel Silverstein.
Her body of work ranges from large-scale acrylic portraits to smaller, more intimate pen and ink drawings. Alkandari has had numerous solo exhibitions in Kuwait. She’s participated in several group exhibitions including Femmes Artistes Du Koweit at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, Approaches to Figurative Practices at the Third Line Gallery, Dubai and the JAMM Contemporary Art Auction in Kuwait. In 2014, she completed a residency at Doha’s Mathaf: Museum of Modern Art, a result of which was her exhibition The Closest I’ve Ever Come to a Scientific Experiment.