About Me


I am a visual artist living and working in Los Angeles. My practice investigates the notion of home and comparative identity, coalescing my Middle Eastern and North African heritage with my American home. I am an immigrant. My parents are, and so were theirs. I moved across 20 homes or so and have not been to my homeland yet. My landscapes combine traditional mosaics with the arabesque-looking agglomeration of roofs to speak about an embellished, detached life.

After receiving training in architecture, urban design, and city planning, I completed an MFA at California Institute of the Arts in 2015. I am an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California, and the co-founder of The City at 3 Miles Per Hour, which brings urban exploration and intergenerational play to cities.

You can reach me at dabdulkarim@gmail.com
Instagram: dinaabdulkarim