Aamar Shawwa’s artwork captures a time of nostalgia and calmness, a time when everything around her was pristine and also depicts a time of sadness and hardship. Aamar discovered her knack for art while staying home in Kuwait during the Gulf War and it was her older brother, passing time painting, that inspired her to begin sketching. Aamar comes from a line of famous artists in her family like Laila Shawwa, Noelle Shawwa and Ali Shawwa to name a few.
At a young age, Aamar lost both her parents at a young age and moved to Victoria Island in Canada, where she lived with her paternal Aunt. There she was rooted into the artistic world further, becoming a top art student in her high school and continuing her studies in Visual communication with 2D design and a Major in 3D Animation at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Today Aamar is Co-founder & Producer at Creative Animals Agency + Production in Dubai. Recently she finished two impressive artworks of Fairuz and Umm Khalthoum, part of series she calls “The Gold Series”.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Tanya knew that Palestine was her symbolic homeland. Always curious about her identity and connecting with her roots, she was eager to strengthen her ties to the Levant and traveled the region, desperate to learn more. It wasn’t until her first trip to Palestine that she became spiritually and emotionally connected.
She studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Toronto. She then moved to the UAE, supporting numerous NGOs related to children’s welfare in the region. When she had her own family, she created the My Olive Roots platform in the hopes that her children and the Arabs diaspora would have a place to connect, learn and preserve their roots. Tanya enjoys discovering humanist stories and exploring the connection of food and art with culture.