Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, and HE Kabalan Abisaab, Ecuadorian envoy to Doha, have jointly inaugurated an art exhibition entitled: ‘The Great Awakening’ on Monday recently. The exhibition, which consists of art work created by the Ecuadorian artist Maria Veronica, is scheduled to run until 30 January. The event was attended by numerous VIP diplomatic missions and media representatives.

The exhibit, which consists of 35 pieces of art, highlights Katara’s endeavours to promote fine arts amongst the public, by encouraging artists to showcase their artistic specialties, from the region and beyond.

Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, said:

The Cultural Village Foundation-Katara is pleasantly presenting the sophisticated artwork of the Ecuadorian artist, Maria Veronica, conveying her interpretation of the gulf region, through the medium of fine art.’

HE Kabalan Abisaab, said:

I’m delighted to welcome you tonight to this evening that is embellished by your esteemed presence, where creativity embraces beauty, through the art paintings of the Ecuadorian & International artist, María Verónica León.’

Following his opening speech, the Ecuadorian envoy expressed his appreciation and gratitude to the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara.

The artist, Maria Veronica, has adopted a highly technical style in her pieces that range across paintings, drawings, photography and video-art. She explained how the vibrant and inspiring energy of the gulf region have been her inspiration for the exhibition. Most of her paintings focus on Arab women, in various settings, including an impressive piece of the Former First Lady of the State of Qatar, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

Maria Veronica said:

Arabian culture is a fascinating world of mysticism and magic. It’s unique stories and sceneries enrich my creativity towards an art form that is in harmony with the region. The new cities are a contemporary phenomenon; great cultural puzzles, that today more than ever, offer extraordinary platforms for evolution, through the interactions of the different cultures inhabiting them.’

Maria Veronica León was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She has represented Ecuador at the 56th Biennale di Venezia, with the exhibition ‘Gold Water: Apocalyptic Black Mirrors’ in 2015. Prior to that, in 2007, she also presented her work at the 52nd Biennale at the Latin-American Pavilion IILA.