Dr. Haya Al-Hossain is a Saudi multimedia artist; a painter, poet, and filmmaker currently based in Berlin, Germany. She is a daughter of a Saudi diplomat and grew up all around the world. She has experienced many different cultures, which has given her insight to create a fresh approach to filmmaking and art in general. Her paintings address the inner landscape of multi-culturalism with a unique visual language exploring cross cultural directions and choices with Arabic and English language overlays. Her figures are painted gestures, moving in foreign and familiar places. Like her original experimental films, “Ariadne’s Thread” and “I Fall Apart,” her paintings deal with feelings of loss and alienation while traveling alone in strange cities.
Dr. Al-Hossain holds a PhD in Film Theory from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has been exhibiting her work since 1998, and has gained several awards in filmmaking, painting exhibits, and poetry. Her paintings are in collections in Washington, DC; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; Paris, France; and Frederick., MD.