Sumayyah Samaha is an Arab American artist working and living in Soho, New York City. Her country of origin is Lebanon. Samaha came to the United States on a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. Samaha received her MA from the University of Pittsburgh and BA from the American University of Beirut. Upon the completion of graduate school, she moved to New York City and decided not to go back to Lebanon. She was seeking a freer and more exciting life.
Samaha's identity above all is that of an artist. Her method of work is abstract. She uses different media but her passion is for oil painting. When she is creating her work, she follows her natural flow. Working on paper has worked as a vehicle for her to move to a new ideas and to a new body of work. Over the years she built an extensive vocabulary with which she weaves her visual story.
Her solo exhibitions in New York City include: 22 Wooster Gallery, Denise Bibro Fine Arts, Skoto Gallery, Wilmer Jennings Gallery, and Kenkeeba House. Other solo exhibitions include: Blink Gallery, Andes, NY, Farleigh Dickinson Univresity, NJ, Art Circle Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon. Her group exhibitions include: The Emo exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation, NYC, New York Chronicles, Virginia Common WealthSchool of Arts, Doha, Qatar, Visible/Invisible by American Artists, Arab American Museum, Michigan, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA. Her work is represented in private and public collections. Public collections include: Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan, Cintrum Sztuki Museum, Warsaw, Poland, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, NYC, Chemical Bank, Prudential Insurance, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Bank Audi, Beirut, Lebanon, and Kenkeleba House, NYC.