Born and raised in the Palestinian village of Reineh outside of Nazareth, Zahi Khamis emigrated to Europe and then to California in the early 80’s. He earned his BA in Mathematics at San Diego State University, studied literature and philosophy at San Francisco State University, and earned his MA degree in Liberal Arts from Loyola University. Zahi has been painting and exhibiting for many years. His work has appeared in numerous publications and in solo, juried, and cultural exhibits, including shows at the United Nations, The U.S. Senate, The Palestine Center (Washington D.C) and the Carnegie Institute for Peace. Informed by the Palestinian story, and his own life in exile, Zahi’s work is part of the long tradition of committed art. His bright, optimistic colors combined with the tragic expressions of his subjects express the painful, yet luminous, contradictions of all those who struggle for liberation.