Amman-born sculptor, publisher and art-activist Mona Saudi has tragically passed away this February 16 at the age of 76. The saddening news was revealed by her daughter Dina through Mona’s own Instagram account this morning.
“With the heaviest heart, I share that my beautiful mama, sweetest grandmother and extraordinary artist, Mona Saudi, has left us last night in her beloved city Beirut,” she wrote. “Words fail me beyond this.” reads the caption.
Born in the Hashemite Kingdom in 1945, Saudi was lauded all across the region as she made a name for herself for her precise sculpture of stone. Having spent most years of her life between Amman, Beirut and Paris, the Jordanian-born creative sparked a lot of grief and heartache following the news of her loss of life. Close friends and admirers of the artist took it to their keyboards to express their pain but still celebrate their relationship with Saudi.
Labelled “most famous Jordanian abroad” by BBC journalist Mathew Teller, Mona Saudi can be remembered for the myriad of installations and exhibitions she has hosted around the world. Some of the most notable ones took place in the prestigious British Museum and at the Sharjah Art Foundation.
Unarguably born to create and share her perception of the world through the palm of her two hands, her passing is a great loss for the region.