Ilham Badreddine Mahfouz is an Arab-American Artist born in Damascus, Syria. Mahfouz came to the United States in 1972 and had the privilege of having the best of two cultures and the adventures of a new world guided by the upbringing of an old world.

Mahfouz studied the art of Raku with Mr. Robert Piepenberg, ceramics with Mrs. Suzanne Stephenson, and painting with Mr. Barry Avedan.

She is influenced by their abstract art, where the direction of a simple line and colors could dictate the mood of a painting.