Yasmin Hayat (Maksousa) is an award-winning artist who holds a Bachelors degree in Fine Art from Central St Martins and a Masters from the Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts.

Inspired by her Syrian heritage, Yasmin Hayat uses imagery influenced by the regional style of ‘miniature’ painting. Her ongoing research into the technique of miniature has resulted in Yasmin adopting traditional methodology which you can see applied across her works. Yasmin continues to experiment with pigments where she crafts a unique palette made from semi-precious stones, plants and earths. These tactile and luminous colours, which are often chosen due to their relation to the subject being painted, create a dimensional finish which transform, move and reflect, just like the stories depicted.

As of 2018, Yasmin Hayat has been a visiting tutor at the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts. She has lead workshops and masterclasses at prestigious institutions worldwide including the British Museum in London and the Al Burda Festival in Abu Dhabi. Her work has been acquired by numerous private collections worldwide and has been featured in various publications internationally.


Kairos Award, presented by HRH Prince Charles.
2016 Albukhary Scholarship

Carpet Pages II: Roots, London, UK, October 2019.
Watts Gallery, Guilford, UK, September 2019.
Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, London, UK, April 2019.
The Chelsea Art Society’s Annual Open Exhibition, London, UK, October 2018
Alumni show, Yuan Centre, Suzhou, China, September 2018
Degree show, Princes Foundation School of Traditional Arts, London, UK, June 2018.
Create for Calais, London, March 2016
Tales of a Genocide, London, October, 2014
Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, 2013

Does the Arab World (still) exist? Arab World Institute, Paris, February, 2020.
Meet the Artists, Watts Gallery, August 2019
Google Arts and Culture, October 2018
Arab Arts in London: Degree Show Spotlight, June 2018
British Muslim TV, June 2018.

Notable Workshops
Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, ongoing.
British Museum, 2018
Al Burda Festival, Abu Dhabi, 2018.

Yasmin Hayat receives the Kairos Award in June 2018.

Yasmin Hayat receives the Kairos Award in June 2018.