Born in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, Salwa Zeidan left Lebanon in the 1980s and settled in the United Arab Emirates, where she worked as a painter and a curator. She has contributed significantly to the regional art scene by opening the first contemporary art gallery in Abu Dhabi, in 1994, focusing on showing Emirate, Middle Eastern and international artists. Working in multiple media including painting, mixed media and sculptures, Zeidan’s conceptual works border on abstract minimalist art and calligraphic gestures rendered in a dark palette. Her curvaceous brushstrokes can be found in her sculptural works, most notably in her Black Spiral series, which reflect freedom and movement. Her work can be found in international galleries in America, Switzerland, Italy, France, London, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and the wider Middle Eastern region. The artist continues to live and work in Abu Dhabi.