Sherif Habashi was born in 1972 in Cairo, Egypt where he lived until the age of 13. In 1986 he moved to the United States. In 1994 he received his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. After receiving his MFA from the University of Massachusetts of Amherst in 1998 he returned to Philadelphia, where he currently lives and works. During his time in Philadelphia Sherif has been an artist-member of Nexus foundation, exhibited in many venues through out the region, as well as participating in a number of juried exhibitions such as Works on Paper at Arcadia University and as a Wind Challenge Artist at Fleisher. In addition to teaching at Fleisher, Sherif is also an adjunct faculty member the University of the Arts and The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.