Shayema Rahim

Encaustic painter Shayema Rahim is a constant explorer of passion in life. Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Shayema's work combines the rich culture and traditions of her hometown with immersion into the American lifestyle. She originally worked with oil, acrylics, and pastels, using vivid colors to convey her effervescing personality and passion, but soon discovered encaustic painting. Using beeswax, resin, and pigment, Shayema discovered new complex layers that capture and reflect life.

"I found a niche in the encaustic process because it allows me to fluidly move through the emotional landscape that’s played a major role in my life and my art. By pouring hot wax and adding pigment, I can merge the intensity of my emotions with the vibrancy and openness of my culture."