Samah Shihadi (born in Sha`b, in 1987) is a Haifa-based artist and a graduate with a BA in art from Oranim College (2012) and an MFA from Haifa University (2015). Shihadi has painted for as long as she can remember and having spent seven years studying art, she has emerged as a fine talent who has mastered the art of draughtsmanship. Shihadi focuses on drawing, in a realistic style, evoking an illusion of a photograph. Her pencil and charcoal work is truly sublime, even if the subject matter can often be harrowing: she is profoundly interested in the daily personal and social challenges that women face--both at home and beyond. Her empathy and steadfastness are beautifully and sensitively articulated in her work. Shihadi has received numerous prizes and exhibited consistently in Palestine.
With pencil and charcoal, she addresses the daily personal and social challenges that women face, at home and beyond. Her exceptional drawing skills reach another level of precision, subtlety and emotion.
Samah’s diptych rope work is a perfect representation of the opposite forces that pull her identity.