Maryam Khalifah

Website: | Instagram: @maryamart.illustration

Represented by Kaitlyn Sanchez

Maryam is inspired by nature and the use of light to create atmosphere. She enjoys using mixed media and will often include scanned fabric, sequins, glitter, and photographs to build up layers of texture. Coming from a multiracial background, Maryam is a huge proponent of seeing those from similar minority backgrounds represented in her artwork; as such, she loves illustrating diverse and multiracial characters like herself. Maryam is half Mauritian and half English. Her ancestors on her mother’s side of the family are from India and settled in Mauritius so they are Indo-Mauritian. On her mother’s side of the family there are Christians, Buddhists, and Sufi Muslims (a spiritual sect of Islam).  When she’s not illustrating, she can be found enjoying walks through her local forest (conveniently located opposite her house!), going to yoga classes, and diving into a wonderful book with a good cup of tea.