I always want to be by the window. I love looking out - seeing and feeling different types of space, especially the change of perspective like looking down from a rooftop or from an airplane. I enjoy the ambiguity and call to look more closely, to delight in the details and abstract qualities of the moment. Noticing colors, lines, shapes, character of light or movement allowing me to linger, imagine, and connect. My work explores how point of view and quality of attention affects what and how we see, feel, and understand about our world.

I grew up with my Egyptian Muslim father and my Basque-Italian-American Catholic mother, first in Egypt, and then in California. The mix they created by coming together continues to inform my identity and influence my perspectives and explorations.  Navigating nuances of cultural, racial and religious identities as an eight year old newly arrived in the United States was challenging. I dreaded the question “What are you?” or responding to my name at roll call. I wanted to belong. I asked my parents, “Can I change my name to Susan?” Thankfully they said no. Becoming comfortable with my multi-mixed heritage identities and experiences navigating outside the boxes gives me a unique vantage point and skillset to nurture a continual curiosity and openness for varied and multiple perspectives and ways of connecting and belonging to this wild wonderful world.

Welcome to StudioSoad!Find your art crush at StudioSoad. Contact artist Soad by email [email protected] to schedule a live or video studio visit. See, connect, choose your next artwork to enliven your space.



2021   SPARCX, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2021   BASL, Voss Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2020   FourSquared, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2020   Women Rising, The Drawing Room, San Francisco, CA

2019   Inner Worlds, China Basin, San Francisco, CA

2019  Time, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA 

2019   Movers & Shakers, The Drawing Room, San Francisco, CA

2018  Art & Activism: Drawing the Line, Children's Museum of the Arts, New York, NY 

2018  Diptychs, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2018  The Excitement of Suggestion, China Basin, San Francisco, CA

2018  ka'POW!, Heroic Women, Pacific Pinball Museum, Alameda, CA

2017  With Liberty and Justice for Some, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2017  Resistance, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017  Sanctuary City: With Liberty and Justice for Some, San Francisco Arts Commission Main Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2017  With Liberty and Justice for Some, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2016   Identity Arc Gallery, San Francisco & Of Light & Color, PRF 711, San Francisco CA

2015  Artifacts, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA & Resolution, by ArtSpan Arc Gallery, San Francisco ,CA

2014  Periphery, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA & Salt Water Cures, Castro Wellness, SF, CA

2013  The Third Mind, Big Umbrella Studios, San Francisco, CA

2013   Memento, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012   Bs.As. SF, two cities, one spirit?, Misho Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012   Golden Gate, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011   SoMa Artists at ArtHaus, San Francisco, CA

2011   San Francisco Summer, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2011   Secession Art and Design, San Francisco, CA

2010   Pairs, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2010   Ritual, Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, Kansas City, MO

2010   Be Present: Connect, Mamá Art Cafe, San Francisco, CA



2021 ArtSpan "Campaign Collateral Competition: Top Winner" - My "Inner Worlds" portraits promote Open Studios on the guide cover and on billboards!

2017 Huffington Post Artists Mobilize: With Liberty and Justice for Some . . . An Exhibition Honoring Immigrants" Amy Pleasant, January 19, 2017

2017 KQED “Portraits of an Immigrant-Filled Nation at Walter Maciel Gallery” Sarah Hotchkiss & Kelly Whalen. Feb 8, 2017 

2014 ArtSpan Spotlight Artist - Theme: "Resilience"


BA, Art Studio, magna cum laude, University of California, Davis


Squeak Carnwath, Roy De Forest, Mike Henderson, David Hollowell, Manuel Neri, Roland Peterson, Lucy Puls, Cornelia Schulz, Wayne Thiebaud



Fundación Valparaíso                                        

Mojácar, Spain



Argentina, Egypt, France, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, United States, Venezuela