Samar Hussaini is a first-generation Arab-American female artist born in America to an Arab refugee parent and an Arab immigrant parent. The West Orange, NJ-based artist studied art and art history at the University of Maryland and received a Master’s in communication design from the Pratt Institute. Through her luminous mixed-media compositions, Hussaini re-envisions what it means to be both an Arab-American and a woman working and living in 21st-century America. She layers acrylic paint, ink, collage, charcoal, and gold leaf on her canvasses to create thought-provoking and ethereal abstract compositions that celebrate the beautiful, complex history of Arab culture.