Zarina Hashmi: A Celebrated Artist’s Journey and Contributions Honored with a Google Doodle

Zarina Hashmi, also known as Zarina, was born on 16th July 1937 in Aligarh, British India. She grew up in a culturally rich environment, surrounded by art and literature. From her early childhood, Zarina showed a keen interest in painting and calligraphy, and she showed her natural talent for the visual arts. In 1947 Zarina’s family migrated to Karachi in the newly formed Pakistan. 

At 21, Hashmi married a young diplomat and began traveling the world. She made prints in Bangkok, Paris, and Japan and explored art movements such as modernism and abstraction.

Zarina migration to USA   New York City in 1977

In 1977, Zarina relocated to New York City and took on a passionate role in supporting women and artists belonging to diverse racial backgrounds. Shortly after, she became a member of the Heresies Collective, a feminist magazine that delved into the convergence of art, politics, and social equity.

Subsequently, she began teaching at the New York Feminist Art Institute, an institution that aimed to offer equal educational prospects to women artists. In 1980, she collaborated as a curator for an exhibition titled “Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States” held at AIR Gallery.

From 1969 to 2007 Zarina grabbed 11 Awards, Zarina, along with three other artists or artistic groups, was selected to showcase India’s artistic talent at the prestigious 2011 Venice Biennale. Following this remarkable debut, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles honored her with the first-ever retrospective exhibition of her artistic achievements in 2012.

On 25th April 2020, Zarina passed away in London due to complications arising from Alzheimer’s disease.


16th July 2023, a Google Doodle

To celebrate Zarina’s 86th birthday on 16th July 2023, a Google Doodle was created, drawing inspiration from her artistic works. It was published as a tribute to honor her remarkable contributions

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