Seeing and feeling different types of space, especially the change of perspective like looking down from a rooftop, mountain top or from an airplane intrigues me. I enjoy the ambiguity and call to look more closely, to enjoy the details and abstractions of the moment. Noticing colors, lines, shapes, light or movement allowing me to linger, imagine, and connect to my own sensations and to those of my surroundings. Creating space to be open to observe before the filters of the mind decides it knows. Point of view and quality of attention affects what and how we see, feel, and understand about ourselves, each other and our environment.

Growing up with my Egyptian Muslim scientist father and my Basque-Italian-American Catholic do-it-yourselfer maker mother, first in megacity Cairo, Egypt, and then in college town Davis, California was a colorful adventure of multilayered moving and contrasting parts - a living kaleidoscope. Navigating nuances of who I was and how I fit in as a seven year old newly arrived in the United States was awkward and confusing. I dreaded the endless questioning “What are you?” or responding to my name at roll call. I didn't know the "right" answers to be accepted and felt treated as other, outsider. To blend in I asked my parents, “Can I change my name to Susan?” They said no.

We try to learn the codes of behavior or appearance that will gain us acceptance from the groups we are a part of or want to be a part of but when this doesn't match who we actually are often feel emotional, physical, or spiritual discomfort from this lack of alignment or lie we are living. Rather than fitting in, we need to feel belonging. I explore ideas of belonging, self empowerment and wholeness stemming from my personal journey navigating the in-between spaces of my multiracial, multicultural, immigrant heritage and experiences. In my quest to feel comfortable in my own skin as I am, I found that developing and nourishing self love and self acceptance practices are keys to feeling belonging and wellbeing.

Love yourself. Love yourself. Love yourself. This imperative is the motto of belonging. Our sense of freedom and joy depends on it. When we truly love ourselves, we don't need to be someone or something else. When we love ourselves, our sense of separation softens, the need to dominate dissolves. Comparison and competition clear away in the presence of self-love. Hierarchy and oppression crumble. We belong. ~Sebene Selassie

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.


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

Faculty: Squeak Carnwath, Roy De Forest, Mike Henderson, David Hollowell,

Manuel Neri, Roland Peterson, Lucy Puls, Cornelia Schulz, Wayne Thiebaud


2022   Inner Worlds - Knowing Ourselves, China Basin Building, Lobby 6, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

2022   Pictures of People, digital exhibit with Alice Neel: People Come First, at de Young Museum

2022   A Window ThroughBioneers at The Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

2022   Women Rising, Seven Eighty Valencia, San Francisco, CA

2022   Reassessing Values, City Hall, San Francisco, CA

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



2022 Received a "Certificate of Honor" from the City & County of San Francisco in recognition of my commitment to enriching lives through art.

2022 ArtSpan Reassessing Values interview with Soad Kader 

2021 ArtSpan "Campaign Collateral Competition:Top Winner" - "Inner Worlds" portraits promote SFOS on the guide cover, billboards, busses.

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, 2/8/17 - Video here.

2015 Co-Chair for ArtSpan San Francisco Open Studios Committee

2014 ArtSpan Spotlight Artist for SFOS Guide - Theme: "Resilience"

2006 Fundación Valparaíso Artist Residency for one month in Mojácar, Spain


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