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Zarina Hashmi's Google Doodle Tribute: 6 Facts


Famous Personalities  •  17 Jul, 2023  •  1,256 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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Esteemed for her streamlined art, Zarina Hashmi's influence stretches across the globe, and she was recently spotlighted by Google Doodle in the United States and beyond. As a prominent figure of the minimalist movement, Hashmi's incredible talent in printmaking has undeniably altered the course of the art world. This Indian-American artist may have passed away, but her echo resonates powerfully within the art community. Her birth anniversary on July 16th would have marked her 86th year, a day to reflect on and honour her profound impact.

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Born in Aligarh, India, on July 16, 1937, Hashmi's life was forever marked by the partition of India in 1947. Her family was displaced, leading to a forced migration to Karachi, Pakistan. However, it was her exposure to different cultures and places that shaped her unique artistic expression and instilled in her a deep understanding of themes like home, displacement, borders, and memory.

The Early Years and Global Exploration

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Hashmi's early life took her on a journey around the globe when she married a foreign service diplomat in her early twenties. The places she visited, including Bangkok, Paris, and Japan, influenced her artistic perspective and allowed her to explore various art movements like modernism and abstraction.

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Finding a Home in New York

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In 1977, Hashmi found a new home in New York City. Known for its vibrant art scene, the city offered her an opportunity to further develop her craft, refine her unique style, and give voice to marginalized artists, particularly women and artists of colour.

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