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UAE-based 13 times International Award Winning Visual Artist Zohayma Montaner was born in the Philippines and grew up in a large and prominent family in Mindanao. Since her childhood, she had been participating in art competitions and was constantly being recognized.

After performing her pilgrimage at the age of 13, she decided to be closer to Allah through studying more about her religion. In four years time, she found herself dealt with the presence of art and typography and delivered it to give and inform people about Islam. In the same year, she got her first international award in Valencia, Spain. She has become one of the most eminent names in the scope of Islamic art and calligraphy.

Montaner was homeschooled and taught by Shaykha Nuriyya Yusuf where she gained Islamic knowledge and memorized the Qur’an within 8 months. She therefore occasionally delivers halaqah sessions in regards to the essential lessons for Muslim women and basic Arabic classes for children.

In 2017, Montaner got married to a revert brother and settled down in UAE. She continuously and actively works to spread the message of Islam through her works, lectures and art exhibitions worldwide.


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 Some of her notable achievements:

2012 – Founded Al Ihsaan Islamic School of Arts (an institution that aims to teach children the basic fundamentals of Islamic art and geometric designs)

2013 – Authored the first ever Ramadhan Journal series in the Muslim world – Project Ramadhan which harbored a great success that made it going until present. 

2014 – Founded Banat ul Mu’mineen – a Muslim community composed of sisters of all ages that aim to better themselves through attending weekly halaqah sessions.

2015 – Founded Golden Hands Charity Foundation (charity organization based in the Philippines aiming to help and provide basic needs in madrasahs across the Mindanao region)

2016 – Designed and authored the first ever Coloring book based on Islamic values – The Caliphates.

2017 – Co-founded ABZO Design Agency in UAE.


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Visual Typography 

The eloquence of both the english  and arabic alphabets/words incorporated with the wisdom of historical events that took place 1400 years ago are the two complimentary ingredients that Montañer uses to grasp the attention of her audience with this type of works of her.

Montañer believes that with such elements, she can give a fresh new inviting look that will encourage and deliver the message of her pieces as well as deliver the message of her art.

With the written thoughts of knowledge and shapes that depict the nature of life, Montañer creates works that speak of her deen.[/text-with-icon]

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Literary Works

Being a lover of Islamic history and student of ‘ilm, Montañer incorporates whatever Allah Azza Wa Jall blesses her to learn and know into the inks stained on skins of papers, reviving the traditional way of historical preservation of knowledge.

All her written works are most based on the lives of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum, Seerah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and stories within the verses of the Qur’an.

Through her unique way of incorporating the struggles of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum with the struggles of the Muslims of this generation, she has successfully captured tons of hearts that year to better themselves through emanating the likes of the pious people before us. [/text-with-icon]

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Handmade Works

With a regular and balance control of the qalam and paper, Montañer illustrates and writes words of dhikr in a very sophisticated and classic way.

Combining both the geometric patterns of tawheed and the penmanship of faith, she delivers a wonderful way of reminding people of the power, might and ability of Allah Azza Wa Jall.

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Her Affiliations

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[/testimonial][testimonial title=”Testimonial” id=”1420454543299-0-3″ name=”Wael Ibrahim, Founder of Serving Islam Team, Hong Kong” quote=”No real words can express our satisfaction with the work of sister Zohayma Montañer. I have been very impressed by sister Zohayma’s ability to literally read my mind and deliver designs that perfectly symbolizes my vision and conveys the style and the elegant level that we needed to maintain for our work at Serving Islam Team – Hong Kong – and Connect Institute – Global -. We have been very blessed to work with her in the past and looking forward to cooperate with her in the future as well. Very glad to have her as the official designer for our organizations.”]

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