Sughra Hussainy

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Miniatures. Illumination. Persian Calligraphy.


Sughra Hussainy's art was on view from March 2016 to October 2017 in the Smithsonian's Freer Sackler Galleries of Art, Washington DC, in the exhibit Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan. She specializes in traditional Afghan styles of art: miniature paintings traditionally made to illustrate texts like poetry, prose, or scientific writing; illumination which uses geometric and floral designs painted in color and gold; and calligraphy using Arabic and Persian text written in black or gold ink. Hussainy has taught many workshops for children, families, and adults in the Baltimore DC region. 

Hussainy is a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. As of fall 2018, she is attending Maryland Institute College of Art. When her parents died while she was young, art became her solace. She uses her art to break down stereotypes about Afghanistan, women, and Islam, and to pay homage to her native country. "Making art is a link for me with my past – with my family and with those who went before me. But today, art must bring change." She believes that "while the body needs food to live, the soul needs art."

Recent Projects

Photo, left: Sughra Hussainy at the exhibit Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan, Sackler Gallery of Art, Washington DC, 2016