Zahra Marwan was born in Kuwait, and moved to Albuquerque with her family when she was a child. She grew up in two deserts- one close to the sea, the other close to the mountains- which vary drastically, yet have many similarities in culture. She studied visual arts in France and works primarily in Illustration. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and works in her studio at the Harwood Art Center. Her watercolor-and-ink illustrations incorporate Kuwaiti tendencies into her daily life.