Zina Al-Shukri paints and draws portraits from life. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, Al-Shukri creates a tangible, intimate, and visceral experience between the sitter and the artist. Her exhibition history includes Patricia Sweetow Gallery and Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, as well as Pulliam Deffenbach Gallery in Portland, Oregon. She received her BA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2006 and her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2009. She lives in Oakland and works in San Francisco.