Samar Hussaini an Arab American Fine Artist, and Graphic Designer lives and creates fine art and design outside of NYC in West Orange, NJ. Hussaini has begun to establish herself as an emerging artist with awards from BWAC Gallery, DTC, and The One Show as well as exhibiting in several juried, group, and solo shows.
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 context and resonate even today. Her work is also influenced by the many layers of symbols and cultural icons connected to her Palestinian heritage.
Hussaini began her career by earning her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, with a double major in Studio Art and Art History and a Masters in Communication Design from Pratt Institute. She advanced her career as a creative director working in top advertising agencies in NYC and now continues her profession in fine art and design, exhibiting her work in galleries and juried art fairs in the NY, NJ, DC area.