Amani Al-thuwaini is a Kuwaiti artist/designer, born in Ukraine in 1989. She holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from Kuwait University, which has influenced her methodical approach of collecting information and meticulous approach to designing and creating artwork. In 2017, Althuwaini received her MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London. Subsequently, she was shortlisted for the Warsteiner BLOOOM Award in 2017 and in 2018 she was selected to attend the International Designer’s workshop at the V&A Museum, London. She has exhibited extensively throughout London and Kuwait and has also shown her work in Prague, Dubai, Brazil and Bolivia. 

She worked as an architect, educator, interior designer, content creator and visual merchandiser. Al Thuwaini continues to push the boundaries of multidisciplinarity through the exploration of art, craft and design.  Currently, Al Thuwaini is working on a project titled Dazzalab which is the outcome of her MFA thesis “A Criticism on the Contemporary Dowry Vessels in Kuwait”, where she challenges the limited standing of accumulated objects and precious crafts.

She believes that the cultural duality she inherited through her Kuwaiti, Ukrainian roots greatly influenced her unique awareness of identity and culture, impelling her to explore this in her work. This duality offers a unique perspective, whereby she can often see through the eyes of the ‘other’, consciously becoming the spectator; observing, analyzing and absorbing the varying facets that form cultural identities. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Althuwaini combines individual and collective narratives with symbols that are open to differing cultural interpretations. She reveals the juncture where identities converge and exposes behaviors and rituals that are often taken for granted. Themes of luxury and socio-politics relevant to Kuwait and the Gulf region are emphasized in her work.

Employing mixed media and two-dimensional forms within her work, Althuwaini aims to expose this cultural collision by incorporating insinuations of modernism, superficial display, commodity fetishism and gender. Her resulting works are a candid response to the commodification and changes of traditions and customs; hybrids that represent a far more ‘globalized’ ritual.


Amani AlThuwaini

Kuwaiti Ukrainian designer/artist

Born 1989 in Kharkiv, Ukraine





University of the Arts London, Online.

Visual Merchandizing and display by Sarah



Goldsmiths University of London, London, UK.

MFA Fine Art


The Academy of Art, Architecture and Design, Prague, Czech Republic.

Erasmus exchange program


Kassandras hybrid space for Urban & Social experiments, Athens,

Greece - Site specific project / Erasmus exchange program

2007- 2013

Kuwait University, College of Architecture,

BA Architecture

BA Graduation project: 2013 Labor compound,

Exhibited both in Kuwait Engineering society and Kuwait Architecture Student

Association annual exhibitions.

Honors - Awards


International Designers workshop - V&A museum and the British Council, London.


Shortlisted for BLOOOM Contemporary Art Award by WARSTEINER.


Nominated for Art Jameel Prize.


- Best graduation Architecture project Award - Kuwait Engineering Society.

- Residency grant - The British Council, Out of Kuwait residency program -

Kuwait and London.

Teaching experiences


- IN.DIG.GO program - Creative learning with kids - with Nuqat and Zain Kuwiat,

Dar Al Athar Al Islamiya, Yarmouk cultural centre.


- Teacher Assistant - Kuwait University College of Architecture, department of

communication and interiors / Representation I.


- Interview panel for prospect MFA Fine Art students, Goldsmiths University of



- Teacher Assistant - Kuwait University College of Architecture, department of

communication and interiors / Representation I.

- Winter 2 weeks Art Camp, The print room, Kuwait.


- Children tutor - Role Models, London.

- Teacher Assistant - Kuwait University College of Architecture, department of

communication and interiors / Interior Architecture design studio.

Kuwait University College of Architecture, department of communication and

interiors / Art of drawing.

- Summer Art Camp, J's Preschool.

Work Experiences


Owner / lead designer for DAZZALAB dowry design service company.


Interior designer / visual merchandising executive, The BEDSHOP, Kuwait.


Creative director - MOVE startup, Kuwait.


Part time Art tutor – Role Models, London


Social media coordinator and graphic designer – K’S PATH Animal

shelter, Kuwait


Architect – NHEC (Najeeb AlHumaidhi Engineering Consultancy) – Kuwait


- Interior designer - Communication and interiors department, IKEA Kuwait

- Interior designer - Contracts and interior design department, IKEA Kuwait


Al Anjari co. Graphic designer and event coordinator


Full time interior designer - Contracts and interior design department, IKEA



Internship: Architecture firm - SDQ+P Dawood AlQattan


Summer trainee: Visual merchandiser – NIKE Kuwait


Sales assistant – IKEA Kuwait



In my dream I was in Kuwait, Scoletta dell’Arte dei Teraoro e Battioro

Venice - Italy.

Abolish 153 exhibition, Dar Al Athar Al Islamiya, Yarmouk Kuwait.


Abolish 153 exhibition, FA Gallery, Kuwait

The Agency of visible women, Beecroft Gallery London

Youth exhibition - Qurain festival, Al Adwani gallery, Kuwait


Women at War, FA Gallery, Kuwait

GOLDSMITHS MFA DEGREE SHOW, Goldsmiths University of London

Transition exhibition, Menier Gallery , London

Abolish article 153, The Hub, Kuwait

Fair Booth Trial, Carousel exhibition space, London

K'S PATH annual charity exhibition, Boushahri gallery, Kuwait


New Matter, Den Gallery, Kuwait

FiliArt Exhibition, Oxford House, London

The Blue Hour - XX Bolivia Biennale, Centro de la Cultura Plurinacional Santa

Cruz, Bolivia

Unveiling Marriage, Residency and Solo exhibition, Al Makan, Kuwait

Interim group show, Goldsmiths University of London

EXIT, National Technical Library, Prague

Slippery Surface, Hartslane Gallery, London

SADI, Sadu House, Kuwait

Abolish 153, FA Gallery, Kuwait

What's your location?, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

Abolish 153, JAMM Gallery, Dubai

Women’s Work, Beecroft Art Gallery, London


Christmas Art Fair, Chalton Gallery, London

What’s your location?, Porto Alegre , Centro Cultural Ceee Eirico Verissimo,


Abolish 153, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

K’s Path Charity exhibition, Boushahri gallery, Kuwait

Benchmark, GUST, Kuwait


Peace One Day, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait


Out of Kuwait, Edge of Arabia, London

Per-Form, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

Calligrafitti, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

Graduation Projects exhibition, Kuwait University, Kuwait


Peace One Day, Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait

Out of Kuwait, Modern Museum of Art, Kuwait


NIKE opening event, 360 mall, Kuwait

Dewaniya winter school - exhibition, AL Qibliya School, Kuwait City


REUSE 3.0, collaboration with Alia Farid Abdal, Avenues Mall, Kuwait

Artist Residencies


- Abdulla AlSalem Cultural center AIR program, Kuwait


- Unveiling marriage- Part of SWIFT TANK program, Al Makan, Kuwait

- Reinterpreting tradition- residency program, Sadu house, Kuwait


Out of Kuwait- British Council, residency program lead by David Rayson, CAP,



Landscapes Expanded- British Council, Out of Kuwait lead by David Rayson and

Alia Farid, Moma, Kuwait