Zina Al Shukri was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1978. She moved with her parents to the United States when she was 5 years of age. Al-Shukri received her BA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and attended the California College of the Arts, receiving her MFA in 2009. In her first exhibition at PSG, Zina Al- Shukri presented The Long Brevity, gouache, and charcoal portraits.
Portraits are Zina’s focus – her subjects sit for her while she brushes her understanding of who they are on paper. Included with the portraits are a series of dyptych’s she painted while teaching in Diyarbakir, Turkey in 2011. Zina Al-Shukri created portraits of her young female Turkish students, ages 15 – 19. Two portraits were composed of each girl, one with a hair covering called a Hijab (Arabic), or Eşarp (Turkish), and another without. Al-Shukri’s portraits deftly juxtapose secular and traditional identity, creating an interplay of bi-cultural dichotomies.
Zina Al-Shukri is an emerging artist whose exhibition history includes Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, and Pulliam Deffenbach Gallery, Portland, Oregon.