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Thuraya Al-Baqsami is a Kuwaiti artist and writer, born in Kuwait, in 1951. She attended the College of Fine Arts in Cairo from 1972-1974 and obtained a BA and MA from the Arts Institute of Surikov in Moscow, 1974-1981. Since 1970, she has worked as a journalist and illustrator for various magazines and newspapers in Kuwait. She also writes short stories, children’s books and art criticism and has had sixty international art exhibitions. She has received numerous awards for her literary and artistic works, including the Kuwait State Award for Children's Literature, in 1997.