About the artist 


Sam Fein is a contemporary painter who explores human relations and emotional conditions within social frameworks of power. These visual narratives integrate storytelling with psychosocial research, allegory, anecdote, magical realism, and personal history. Reflecting on her upbringing in the American Southwest, Fein fuses memory and imagination with present-day social commentary.

Sam Fein holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College with academic concentrations in the Visual Arts, Spanish, and the Social Sciences. As an undergraduate she studied abroad at universities in Cuba and Argentina. 


Her artwork has been exhibited at The American Visionary Art Museum (Baltimore, MD), Smack Mellon (Brooklyn, NY), and Hillyer Art Space (Washington, D.C.). She has been awarded residencies to the Vermont Studio Center, MASS MoCA, and was the James Rosenquist artist in residence at North Dakota State University.

Prior to graduate school, she spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines and completed ethnographic research on the substance use behavior of high-risk juvenile populations.

Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, she lives and works in the Boston area.