Mostafa Darwish immigrated to the United States from Egypt and became a citizen in 2013. He graduated in 2016 from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts with a bachelor’s degree and certificate of fine arts in painting. There, he was distinguished with the Faculty Award for outstanding growth and community involvement, the Charles Toppan Drawing Award, and the August Cook Prize award for Figurative Drawing. Among other achievements, He is a recent awardee of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant. Mostafa displayed with and curated multiple emerging artist and group exhibitions, most recently We Got Used to New Us in Philadelphia, being awarded an honorarium grant and featured in a publication by WHYY public media. Mostafa’s current work focuses on bringing his own experience of a different culture and exposure into a western environment, contrasting both East and West together to draw attention to political, cultural and societal dissidence. Mostafa’s mediums vary from experimental gouache and inks on paper, to academic and classical oil paintings on canvas.