Elisabeth Bolza is of Austrian nationality and Italo- Hungarian descent. Born in Stuttgart in 1968 she spent her school years in Germany before studying Interior Design at the Instituto di Arte e Restauro in Florence. In 2009 she graduated with a diploma in Modern Literary Arabic at the Seville University’s Language Institute.
She has lived in Seville with her husband and three daughters since 1995 and is dedicated to researching the Islamic arts and civilisation while presenting her work in cultural and inter-religious projects and art fairs.
Her pictures are displayed in various private and Museum collections in Europe, Arabian countries and North America as well as Sidi M’chiche Alami Foundation in Kenitra, Morocco and the Tia Tanna Art Collection in Mumbai, India.
In 2017 she was nominated for the V&A Jameel Prize and has showcased a selection of her works at the ABCC (Arab British Chamber of Commerce) London. With the exhibition ‘Bolza Busaad - From Seville to Muharraq’ January to April 2018, she became the first Western artist to exhibit in a solo show at the Bahrein National Museum.
Her new exhibition ‘Palabras Suspendidas - Suspended Words’, September 19th to November 4th 2018, is at Casa Arabe Madrid, is her first solo museum show in Spain displaying 24 montages created around visual and literary Andalusian, Turkish and Arabic themes and visual conventions.