Brief Biography

Amira Rahim (b. 1988) is an American artist born in New Jersey. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies. Amira began her art career as an expat in the United Arab Emirates and is currently represented in several galleries in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and the United States. As an abstract expressionist painter, Amira enjoys working on large-scale canvases using primarily acrylic paints and mixed media.  


Artist Statement

Amira D. Rahim (b. 1988) is a contemporary abstract expressionist painter based in the United Arab Emirates. Previously trained in Sociology, Amira became a full-time artist to address feelings of solitude and displacement while abroad.  Through her daily art practice, she explores the possibility of intuition and spontaneity in use of bold color, vigorous brushstrokes, and whimsical composition. She moves seamlessly between abstract and figurative, often meeting somewhere in the middle. Her abstracts, meticulous in their sense of rhythm and play, seems at first glance to be heavily influenced by late abstract expressionism. However, a deeper understanding of Amira’s background and inspirations reveal an artist who has successfully blended her passion, intellectual curiosity, and exploration to create a fresh, original body of work.

Originally from New Jersey, Amira discovered her love for art in the quiet spaces of her childhood. She immersed herself with drawing things from life and honed in on her technical skills for realism. She holds a degree in Sociology, a minor in Portuguese, and traveled to 10 countries while completing foreign learning programs in both Brazil and Europe. While studying, she fed her appetite for art with university courses in drawing, painting, and art history.

In 2013, she relocated to the United Arab Emirates. There, away from the comforts of home and familiar, she returned back to her love for painting. While struggling to find inspiration in the bleached out desert terrain, she developed her sense of color and quickly discovered the therapeutic and healing qualities of vibrant, highly-saturated color schemes. Quickly applying layers of acrylic washes and glazes, marked often with pastels, enamel, found papers, and more, she infuses each painting with texture and forms beyond the pictorial. 

“My work is about expressing the beauty I see reflected in life and the world around us. I begin with an emotion or vision of a painting in my head and then intuitively seek to find it on the canvas. The spontaneous and layered nature of my process gives each painting its on unique energy. I draw from my experiences of personal narratives, travel, and cultural studies in my work, and attempt to explore them with a curious optimism for the human condition.”