Community Spotlight

Maryam Salih

Date Posted: March 6, 2024

Meet Maryam Salih: a realism/pop artist and recipient of Mosaic Lowell’s first round of Mini Grants in December 2023. Maryam moved to Lowell as a refugee and has been living in the city since 2010. Here’s what you need to know about Maryam:

1) How did you get started as an artist?

Before coming to the United States, I lived in Turkey and didn’t speak the language. It was hard communicating with the kids my age, at the time I was 9 years old. I decided to draw the characters from the Winx Club cartoon and show it to the girls in my neighborhood and that was the moment they became my friends and we hung out almost everyday. Ever since then I realized the power of art and wanted to use it as a tool to communicate with others.

2) When looking at your artistic career, what are you the most proud of?

I’m proud of finding myself through my art and my artistic journey. I came to realize that my art becomes true to myself when I myself and true to myself and my roots.

3) What useful resources or tips do you have for aspiring artists?

I advise aspiring artists to reflect on the times that we’re living in. Art is more than just a pretty picture, it’s something that will live way longer than the artist.

4) What do you hope to accomplish with the Mini Grant?

I hope to create as much as I can and truly focus on my craft in the time being.

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