It was a life-changing move to a foreign country that led artist Asem Ahmed to discover a passion for art. Born the middle child in a family of three kids to an engineer father and a stay-at-home mom, he grew up in Marrakesh, Morocco . At age 9, his family moved to New Jersey. To cope with initial difficulties assimilating to American culture, Asem turned to drawing.


Captivated by figure drawing and art history, he joined a rigorous art program of atelier-style training in fine arts at the Pennsylvania  Academy of Fine Arts. He Holds a BFA from the New Jersey City University and currently enrolled in the MFA program at the New York Academy of Art.


Asem spent two years as studio assistant to Hugo Xavier Bastidas, M.A., Rutgers Newark’s probably most successful art alumni. During this time, his artistic vision blossomed and he began churning works. Being multi-cultural, it was a natural progression to address ideas of the sublime here compared to his land of birth.

Asem specializes in oil painting and portraiture but is also interested in sculpture, silk-screening and woodworking.