Teriz Michael


Teriz Michael
Painting

Born in Cairo, Egypt, Teriz moved to the U.S. as a child. Teriz began her art training at the Visual Arts High School Magnet Program in Jersey City. She then received a BFA degree in Painting from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. While traveling extensively throughout Egypt, Teriz fell in love with the Zaballeen district (Cairo's community of garbage collectors) when she first visited them in 1998. Inspired by their resourcefulness, spirit, and work ethic, she felt compelled to become more involved with the community. In 2000, she began an exterior mural project in the Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner in the Moqattam Hills, the largest of the Zaballeen districts, which would bring her back over three consecutive summers. Teriz also has had two solo exhibits and participated in numerous group shows in New Jersey and new York. Teriz launched the Cairo Workshop for the Zaballeen children in September 2006. Primarily a painter, she uses photography extensively as part of her painting process. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and son.