Samira Shaheen


My Middle Eastern background, activism, and extensive travel inspire my art. Through memories, photos, and emotional responses, I begin to map and explore the self in relation to the human condition. Societal morals, prejudices, our aggression against each other, and how it all affects us fuels my creative exploration. I believe art can be a catalyst for change and a different way of seeing. The challenge is to explore these ideas through the chosen media and work through a series of the same subject matter. Sometimes a painting can begin with a particular idea or energy but through the process, it materializes in an unintended yet exciting place.

Samira obtained a BA in Philosophy & History from Carnegie-Mellon University. Her artistic practice further developed after she obtained her BFA in History & Philosophy, 1976. Inspired by the key role art has played throughout history, she immersed herself in actively painting. She furthered her education with a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in Fine Arts, 1980-82. She studied painting with Phillip Malicoat in Provincetown Massachusetts and she has taken many workshops and classes to expand her skills. She is currently a member of Pittsburgh Society of Artists, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Watercolor Society. Samira’s work has been exhibited in many shows in Pittsburgh and over time including the AAP 106th Annual, the The Mine Factory, Old South Side Brewery, and Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Show. Her work is owned by people from many states as well as overseas. She has also had several solo exhibitions, including one at Nantucket and one at the Spinning Plate Gallery.

Samira Shaheen can be reached at
Her work can be viewed on the Pittsburgh Artist Registry, and on Instagram. And she welcome visits to her Studio at Radiant Hall Studio at Susquehanna in Homewood.