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Zaina Zahid is an oil painter who is inspired by architectural forms and believes that colours have the power to heal. She has had a solo exhibition at the Saudi Art Centre in Riyadh in February 2009. For this exhibition 'Days of Old' she was quoted by the Saudi Gazette to have tried to be realistic but that it turned into semi-fantastic. She spoke of her painting The Absence of Quais which was inspired by 'Quais and Layla,' a legendary love story in both Persian and Arabic literature. The love poet inspired by Layla is absent in the painting as is in reality the actual author of the poems, who's identity, she said, remains a mystery.


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