Asem M. Ahmed
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 Jersey City, 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 B.F.A from the New Jersey City University and a M.F.A from the New York Academy of Art.
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, printmaking, jewelry and photography.