Zahra Marwan's childhood was split between two deserts—that of Kuwait and New Mexico—which vary geographically yet have many cultural similarities. One borders the sea while the other is surrounded by mountains, but the ephemeral desert lifestyle permeates both. Zahra's work playfully reflects on the landscapes, cultural themes, and ancestral memories which have shaped her life. Through subtle color, palpable movement, and intimate figurative interaction, her illustrations incorporate both her Kuwaiti and New Mexican upbringings.
Zahra studied visual arts in France and is constantly pursuing experiential education in the American Southwest. Zahra lives in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque and works out of a studio in the Harwood Art Center. She has exhibited work throughout New Mexico and the United States and has won several prestigious awards including the Kindle Project's Makers Muse Award and the New Mexico Cancer Center's Patients Choice Award.