b. 1987

Samah Shihadi graduated with a BA in art from Oranim College, Israel (2012) and an MFA from Haifa University, Israel (2015). Shihadi began her career as an artist at an early age and, having spent seven years studying art, has become a keen draghtsman. Known for her remarkably detailed drawings that merge shared cultural experience with personal narrative, Samah Shihadi details the complex and often challenging reality of a female, Arab artist residing in Haifa, Israel. Her output is rooted in the rich tapestry of the artist’s life as a dual minority, interwoven with themes of gender, personal and cultural identity, displacement and memory.


Shihadi exhibits regularly internarionally and was the 2018 winner of the Haim Shiff prize.