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Aula Al Ayoubi was born in Damascus in 1973 and studied mathematics and educational sciences at the University of Damascus. Her mixed media collages capture some of the region’s most iconic, glamorous women, from Faten Hamama to Fairuz to Umm Kulthum. Accented with rich, colourful detail and dynamic compositions, her portraits convey her emotional responses to these celebrated figures. Her bold colour palette and mixed-media collage technique, imbue her canvases with a rich textural quality. Speaking of her creative process, she states: “Collage lends a feminine touch when combined with intricate orientations.” She has exhibited widely in Syria and Kuwait and her work is featured in private collections.