maria iqbal
"The world is my canvas." - MARIA IQBAL

Maria Iqbal is an Afghan-American artist and designer, influenced by Pop culture, iconic imagery & beautiful humor. She creates and transforms everything from interior spaces to fashion; all surfaces & forms offer infinite possibilities for exploration. "Art is the only language I speak fluently, which brings me harmony even as I break all rules and conventions. Art makes me laugh till I cry, and cry till I wake up and create again."

Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, and raised in the UAE since the age of 4, Maria grew up with Bollywood films, Japanese anime, larger-than-life icons, and inspirations gleamed from the melting pot of cultures that bring her adopted city, Dubai - to life. Each of Maria's functional creations represents a conversation between the artist and the collector - a funny opulence of irreverent contradictions. In addition to private commissions, collaborations with global brands include Samsung, Mercedes, Coca-Cola, Galleries Lafayette, and Sephora.

Maria's work has become recognized in the region's design and fashion circles and highlighted in numerous publications including VOGUE (INDIA & ARABIA), ELLE, GRAZIA, & EMIRATES WOMAN. She was nominated for the 2014 Emirates Woman of the Year award for her unique contribution to the region's arts and culture scene. In 2016, she was selected to become a part of the elite SHE'S MERCEDES initiative which promotes and celebrates the success and empowerment of women worldwide. scene. In 2016, she was selected to become a part of the elite SHE'S MERCEDES initiative which promotes and celebrates the success and empowerment of women worldwide.