Resilient Gallery Talk with Samar Hussaini - Watch the video.


Samar Hussaini, Arab American, Fine Artist and Graphic Designer, lives and creates fine art paintings outside of NYC in West Orange, NJ.

Born in the United States to Palestinian parents she seeks to visualize the layered challenges and enriching distinction of being a Palestinian-American and at the same time striving to create thought-provoking ideas of dialogue and hope.

She uses elements such as the traditional Palestinian dress or Thob which is notable for its embroidered designs indicating regional identity. Her inspiration comes from her father, Hatem Hussaini, and his writings from over 30 years ago - that spoke to the plight of the Palestine people. His words still have political context and resonate even today. Hussaini's work is also influenced by the many layers of symbols and cultural icons connected to her Palestinian heritage.

Hussaini earned her Bachelor of Arts from University of Maryland, with a double major in Studio Art and Art History and her Masters at Pratt Institute in Communication Design.