Shamsia Hassani


Shamsia Hassani is the first female graffiti artist in Afghanistan. Through her artworks, Shamsia portrays Afghan women in a male-dominated society. Her artworks give Afghan women a different face – a face with power, ambitions, and willingness to achieve goals. The woman character used in her artworks portrays a human being who is proud, loud, and can bring positive changes to people’s lives.

During the last decade of the post-war era in Afghanistan, Shamsia’s paintings have brought in a huge wave of color and appreciation to all the women in the country. Her graphical works have inspired thousands of women around the world and have given new hope to female Afghan artists in her country. She has motivated hundreds of Afghans to celebrate their creativity through her graffiti festivals, art classes, and exhibitions in nine countries on three continents around the world.


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