She married into the Hashemite royal family of Iraq and is the mother of Prince Ra'ad, the present claimant to the Iraqi throne.
Fahrelnissa was born in the Turkish island of Büyükada on the coast of Istanbul in 1901 to a prominent Ottoman family. Her father was Muhammad Shakir Pasha Kabaaj (Kabaağaçlı), an Ottoman diplomat, brigadier, photographer, and historian, and also the brother of Grand Vizier Cevat Pasha. Her mother was Sara Izmat Khanum from Crete.
She was educated at Lycée Notre Dame de Sion Istanbul and Pansion Bnagiotti. She was then one of the first women to attend the Fine Arts Academy (Güzel Sanatlar Akademisi) in Istanbul,later studying at the Académie Ranson in Paris under Roger Bissiere and Stahlbach.
Her first one-woman show was held in Istanbul in 1944, followed by exhibitions in London and Paris. Her New York City début came in 1950 when she exhibited a series of large abstract canvases at the Hugo Gallery. She went on to participate in almost 50 exhibitions in Europe, U.S.A. and the Middle East.
Her husband died in 1970, and in 1975 she moved to Amman, Jordan, where her son Ra'ad lived, and where she established the Fahrelnissa Zeid Institute of Fine Arts. She died 5 September 1991 and is buried in the Royal Mausoleum, Raghdan Palace, Amman, Jordan.
In October 2012, a number of her paintings were sold at auction by Bonhams for a total of £2,021,838.Wikipedia