Khalid Hussein (b. 1985) Is an Egyptian-American artist based in Los Angeles, CA. He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and received an informal education throughout a childhood spent between the US and the Middle East. He studied at UCLA, where he completed a BFA and MA. His work--primarily in canvas painting--interrogates the processes by which identities (religious, ethnic, national) are constructed as a form of violence on the human subject. Hussein's paintings employ found images as references in unexpected, often absurd combinations to metaphorically comment on and recreate functions of social identification. His methods join representational styles with abstract applications of paint to create a visual dissonance between illusion and material indulgence. He is also the author of the non-fiction graphic novel, The Tunisian Awakening, which chronicles the 2011 popular uprising that toppled president Ben Ali of Tunisia, and triggered the Arab Spring. Hussein's work is represented in public and private collections internationally.