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Destination KSA - Your Guide to Saudi

Latifah Torki

Latifah Torki
By Johara Al Mogbel

It’s the golden age for the art scene in Saudi Arabia so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to uncover some of the hidden gems and present them to the world! Or, well, Riyadh to begin with.

Name: Latifah Torki
Age: 18
Occupation: Student at KSU
Medium: Ink and watercolor on paper.

What got you started?  
Growing up, I always chose to entertain myself by drawing. I was very obsessed with cartoons and felt like it was my duty, as a 7 year old, to redraw the characters and change the course of their storyline. So, to answer your question more precisely, animated productions got me started.

Is your work the result of sudden inspiration or long term planning? How do you think up your concepts?
The majority of my work is a result of sudden inspiration.
I think most of my concepts are influenced by the unknown. I find myself repeatedly pondering this Ayah (وَمَا أُوتِيتُمْ مِنْ الْعِلْمِ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً). I am also driven by the beauty of literature and culture.

What do you think of the art scene in Riyadh? Anything you’d like to see changed?
I am still a beginner in this craft so I haven’t really experienced the art scene here in my city. However, I do keep tabs on new and upcoming talents. Let me just say that we have very creative people in our midst.

What does being creative mean to you?
To me, being creative means that a choice is always being made to take the road less traveled by.

Why do you do art?
I take everything I am not, everything I have not experienced, everything I have not seen, and I try to project it through some of my illustrations. I think I use art
to understand shapes, lines and faces.

Favorite piece of artwork by someone else?
Nojoud Al Sudairi’s Portrait of a Lady.


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