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Raneem Qaddoura: Art is Freedom

At seven Raneem out of boredom created a camera from a mango juice box. What seemed to her like a game was described by her father as creativity. Little did she know that the little experiment will define what she does with her life one day.

This month we speak to Raneem Qaddoura an artist who like to paint portraits of famous people. She also teaches art at ArtSpaceQ8.


Read on for full interview…



Raneem: The Deep Thinker, The Ponderer, The Teacher

Raneem studied architecture at the University of Petra and loves the idea of special experiences. “architecture is the mother of all art. Learning about lines and spaces, colors and compositions is a very important aspect of creating art,” said Raneem, when asked about why she moved from architecture to art. She not just paints the portraits but also creates digital versions of spaces in which she would like to display them. Her art is what you call a perfect marriage between the traditional and the modern.

After finishing her degree, Raneem briefly worked at an architecture firm in Kuwait. “I felt stifled while working in a firm. The architecture industry in Kuwait is all about low cost functionality. While it may be effective, I felt I wasn’t developing my skills in terms of the creative process.”

With a dream to someday have her work displayed at the Louvre, Raneem really doesn’t care if it never happens. “I paint because it makes me happy. I would be perfectly happy with just hanging them around my house,” said Raneem while expressing how fame is not something she desires.

What is most beautiful about this artist is that she finds beauty in everything. “I am a wanderer. I can just walk around for hours or sit in a café and look at things around me. I don’t really need things to inspire me. The world is my canvas, the sky, flowers, gardens, buildings they all evoke a sense of wonder in me.”

The Artist in Action!

Although she usually paints famous artists, she has never painted a portrait for her greatest supporter, her father. “I don’t think I can fit everything my father stands for on a canvas. While I love adding my colors to these famous people, my father is too big for my brushes,” said Raneem when we asked her why.


While the world around us becomes smaller and smaller with technology, Raneem feels art gives her the freedom to disconnect. “Art to me is freedom. No rules. It’s your space, you create what you want. Brush strokes, colors, and techniques, art is the most fluid thing; you just go with it and see what happens.”

Having said that, when you see her at work, you know she is a perfectionist. What usually starts out as broad brush strokes, once it starts to take shape cannot escape Raneem’s eye for detail. “Sometimes when my work is put up I have this insane urge to take a palate and a brush and start correcting details. The blue could be darker or the black could be lighter, but I stop myself. Sometimes a correction in one painting can be an inspiration for completely new work.”

On a parting note, Raneem has just one advise to budding artists, “Practice.” You could be an old woman discovering for the first time that you can draw. Or a child who has found out what colors can do. In either case, never lose the wonder. Take that pen to paper and create a world of your own. We know Raneem does!