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Fatspatrol is an award-winning artist of Indian origin, with a Dubai upbringing and a Canadian passport. A true 3rd culture kid.

Having painted murals in 10 countries, commissioned on commercial projects for brands including Red Bull and Tiger Beer and worked on outreach projects with challenged communities in Jordan and India, her career as a curator and artist captures the place of art in society from all angles. Fathima believes fundamentally in art’s ability to help heal and move the world forward as well as being a means of  making sense of our existence, creating  human connection and awareness and finding universal truths.

Her bold graphic style of drawing is a hybrid language from a medley of influences. Summers in India with humanitarian grandparents exposed to Indian folk art, artifacts and mythology. Growing up in multicultural Dubai in a Muslim home exposed to Islamic art, calligraphy, henna and folklore. The sister of a cartoonist reading comic books as kids. Her mother’s love for language, poetry and narrative.  All of this combined, Fatspatrol’s work tells poetic personal stories with universal notes. Her interest in mark-making explores a human innate inclination to express, depict and find meaning through expression .

Fatspatrol, Fathima, has a BA in studio art and culture and an MA in sociology. Her works range in mediums from digital drawing to large scale murals, installation and painting.

In 2010 she founded The Domino, one of the UAE’s first artist-led creative consultancy dedicated to urban art and is currently based between Toronto and Dubai seasonally.


photo by John Marsland

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