Soad A. Kader | Statement/Bio/CV


I almost always want to be by the window. I love looking out - seeing and feeling different types of space, especially the change of perspective looking down, like when I am on a rooftop or in an airplane. The surprise, mystery, or wonder at what I am observing intrigues me, peaks my curiosity. It isn’t always important to know what it is I am looking at. I enjoy that time in between, the ambiguity and call to look more closely to delight in the details and abstract qualities. Noticing colors, textures, lines, shapes, character of light or movement allows me to wonder. With layered acrylic inks and marks and textures made with pen, pencil, paper, textile, I explore changing points of view to express that pleasure and learning we can take in the everyday experience of looking and seeing anew. 

I grew up with my Egyptian Muslim father and with my Basque-Italian-American Catholic mother, first in Egypt, and then in California.  The mix they created in coming together continues to inform my identity and influence my perspectives and explorations.  I wanted to change my name to Susan when I was eight so I could blend in more easily on California soil.  My parents said no; I am grateful. Being proud of my multi-mixed heritage gives me confidence to stand in all my color and share my unique vantage point and continued hunger for varied perspectives and deeper understanding.

Welcome to StudioSoad!Come find your art crush.



2018  DiptychsArc 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

2009   Artmeznick, San Francisco, CA

2009   el abrazo, TangoVida, San Francisco, CA

2008   The Funny of (Latin) Dance, Bill Santiago, The Marsh, San Francisco, CA

2007   Sundance Café, San Francisco, CA & Cock-A-Doodle Café, Oakland, CA

2006   Forty by Forty, Space Q-5, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA

2006   mi familia fv, Fundación Valparaiso, Mojacar, Spain

2004   Art Walk, Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, CA

2003   Dreams of Resistance, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, SF, CA

2002   (annually to present), SF Open Studios Exhibition, SomArts Gallery, SF, CA        


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


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


Fundación Valparaíso                                        

Mojácar, Spain


Argentina, Egypt, France, Israel, Japan, Spain, South Africa, Thailand, USA, Venezuela