Zahra grew up in two deserts which vary drastically and have many similarities in culture. One close to the sea, the other close to the mountains. She studied the visual arts in France, and continues various pursuits to further educate herself. She currently lives in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and works in her studio at the Harwood Art Center, where she incorporates Kuwaiti tendencies into her daily life.

Awards + Honors 2019

Frankfurt Book Fair
Unpublished Picturebook Showcase Feature

AOI World Illustration Awards
Shortlisted Artist

Artist-in-Residence at
Sheikh Abdullah AlSalem Cultural Centre
Salmiya, Kuwait    |     March — May

Awards + Honors 2018

Los Angeles Portfolio Mentorship Award [scbwi]
Los Angeles, California

Women and Creativity Shine Award
Albuquerque, New Mexico

City of Albuquerque Art Collection Purchase
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Awards 2017

Makers Muse Award, Kindle Project
An international award given to 8 artists.

Patients Choice Award
New Mexico Cancer Center

ArtFul Life Award
Albuquerque, New Mexico


University of New Mexico | Fine Art Gallery
Solo Exhibit    January 30, 2019
Valencia County,  New Mexico

City of Santa Fe Art’s Commission Gallery
Silk Purse | Sow’s Ear     March 15, 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico

What’s Your Street Race | Identity as Perceived by Authority
Projection in Vacant Lot      Barelas, Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 4, 2019

DAI Museum, Yarmouk Cultural Centre | Abolish 153 annual Exhibit
Yarmouk, Kuwait    April 27, 2019

Zeri Crafts  |  Open House, Selected Works
Salmiya, Kuwait   April 29 + 30, 2019

Enchantment Show | Erna Fergusson Library
Albuquerque, New Mexico June 8, 2019

Patrician Design | Open House, Selected Works
Albuquerque, New Mexico June 21, 2019

Schola dell’Arte dei Tiraoro e Battioro Exhibit
Venice, Italy    June 2019

Somerset House | London, England
AOI Exhibit — Shortlisted Illustrations
July 11-28

La Cumbre | Albuquerque New Mexico
August 2019

Open Studio | Harwood Art Center
September 6, 2019

Albuquerque Zine Fest | National Hispanic Cultural Center
October 5, 2019

ArtsThrive: Albuquerque Art Museum
October 20, 2019

Fish in Persian Gardens | Poetry and Literature as Revolt
Solo Exhibit   Sanitary Tortilla Factory
Albuquerque, New Mexico     December 2019

2018 Exhibits:

Harwood Art Center, January 2018
Solo Exhibit, When Life Becomes Floral

THE Magazine Contemporary Art + Culture
3 image series, February thru April. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Zendo, February 2018
Solo Exhibit, Oddities of Day to Day Life

A RIVER FLOWING: Contemporary Women Artists
East of West Gallery, February 23, 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico

ENCOMPASS, Open Studios,
Harwood Art Center, March 3, 2018
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Abolish 153 April 14, 2018
HUB Gallery. Al-Sharq, Kuwait

Because it’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM
National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum, May 4, 2018
Group Exhibit

Vamos Al Museo, Museum talk + Workshop
National Hispanic Cultural Center, May 5, 2018

NHCC Museum Talk, July 29, 2018
National Hispanic Cultural Center

Invitation to give input on the Creative Economy Sector
City of Albuquerque Economic Development, September 18, 2018
Mayor’s Conference Room, City Hall

Reflections on Studying Dance, September 22, 2018
Maple Street Dance Studio, Albuquerque, New Mexico

ArtsThrive: Albuquerque Art Museum
October 20, 2018

South Broadway Cultural Center
Dia de los Muertos Group Show
October 28, 2018

Featuring the work of ten renowned artists from
New Mexico by Invitation
Harwood Art Center
November 19, 2018

12 x 12 Exhibit
Fundraiser Exhibit
Harwood Art Center
December 1, 2018

New Mexico Cancer Center
December 7, 2018
Sales supporting income of patients

Past Professional Exhibits 2017

Solo Exhibit.
On Dreams and Memories. El Chante Casa de Cultura. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Group Show: ¿Adónde vas?
Portland, Oregon

Dual Show: Zahra Marwan + Kat Kinnick. (June).
Ruminations and Remnants. Rio Grande Community Farm. Albuquerque, New Mexico

Dual Show: Zahra Marwan + Kat Kinnick. (August).
Ruminations and Remnants. Stranger’s Collective. Santa Fe, New Mexico

Contemporary 2017: Retellings. Juried Show.
Western Colorado Center for the Arts Grand Junction, Colorado

Albuquerque Art Museum. ArtsThrive Juried Exhibit
3 pieces selected. Albuquerque, New Mexico

New Mexico Cancer Center: Artists on the Rise. Juried show, 8 pieces selected
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cactus Gallery: Dias de los Muertos group exhibit.
Los Angeles, California

Solo Exhibit. The Brew Coffee Shop
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Form and Concept Gallery Show. Guns to Art Benefit Show.
Santa Fe, New Mexico