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.

Zahra Marwan in New York


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

Cactus Gallery, February 2018
Patterns Show. Los Angeles

SCBWI Writers and Illustrators Conference, NYC February 2018
Portfolio Showcase

A RIVER FLOWING: Contemporary Women Artists from the Middle East and Beyond
East of West Gallery, February 23, 2018
Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

Group Show, Women Empowerment April 14, 2018
FA 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

Awards 2017

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

Patients Choice Award, New Mexico Cancer Center’s
Voted award

ArtFul Life Award
A drawing created in collaboration with a young Afghan refugee

Honorable Mention, New Mexico State Fair
Writing Poetry in the Hispanic Art Gallery

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