86th birthday of Indian-American artist Zarina Hashmi in Google doodle.

Zarina Hashmi

Hashmi’s beautiful woodcuts and intaglio prints that mix semi-abstract imagery of houses and locations where she had lived earned her international recognition.

Google marked the 86th birthday of Indian-American artist and printmaker Zarina Hashmi, widely regarded as one of the most influential artists involved with the minimalist movement, with a special doodle on Sunday.

Zarina Hashmi was born in 1937 in the small Indian town of Aligarh, and her family was forced to move to Karachi in newly constituted Pakistan during the 1947 Partition.

“Today’s Doodle honors Indian American printmaker and artist Zarina Hashmi… The artwork depicts Hashmi’s use of minimalist abstract and geometric shapes to explore notions of home, displacement, borders, and memory, as illustrated by New York-based guest artist Tara Anand, according to the search engine’s description of the doodle.

Hashmi married a young foreign service diplomat at 21 and began traveling the world. According to Google, she lived in Bangkok, Paris, and Japan, where she became involved in printmaking and art styles such as modernism and abstraction.

Zarina Hashmi relocated to New York City in 1977. Zarina Hashmi quickly became an outspoken advocate for women and artists of color and a teacher at the New York Feminist Art Institute, which provided equitable educational opportunities for female artists.

Hashmi co-curated “Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States” at AIR Gallery 1980. This ground-breaking exhibition featured work by diverse artists and gave a platform for female artists of color.

Hashmi became widely known for her striking woodcuts and intaglio prints that blend semi-abstract imagery of buildings and locations where she had lived as part of the Minimalism Art movement.

People worldwide continue to admire Hashmi’s work, which is housed in permanent collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others.

Zarina Hashmi died on April 25, 2020, in London from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83.