Afaf Khalil


(1990- )
Nationality: us United States

Born and raised in New York City, USA, 1990. She is a self-taught artist, a dancer, a singer, a writer, and a poet. Despite the many talents, she has decided to pursue her education in the Engineering discipline. She claimed her Bachelor’s degree in Avionics Technology, in 2014 at Vaughn college of Aeronautics and Technology, NYC.

She is a multidisciplinary person who has succeeded engineering. Afaf has a collection of paintings, drawings, fashion design sketches, graphic designs, poems, writings, calligraphy, recordings of her speeches and songs. Her artworks reflects much of her timeline. Her talent has exploded during her teenage years, as her family and friends supported her to fulfill her passion for art.

During her academic years, Afaf started working as a teacher’s assistant and Calculus Tutor at the Academic Resources Center in her college for students. In 2012, she started tutoring children in the Community Learning Centers in New York City. Eventually she volunteered in several organizations, as NYC Rescue Mission, which shelters the homeless and provides various services that may enhance their lives. She also pursued her career in Engineering with different aerospace companies.

Along the way she started exhibiting in schools, colleges and other public venues in her community. She adopted a strong philosophy through art. She has been involved in community work, through mentoring and educating young women and men. She has a commitment in providing an impact on the children and influencing them to become future leaders.

She has volunteered for Yale Center of British Art, and in New Haven Reads. She traveled to Europe, Asia, and Africa. She experienced the dynamic developing cultures. She participated in Manchester Art in the Park Art Fair, June 2018 and earlier she displayed her artwork in Case memorial Library February of 2018, in Orange CT. She has displayed her artworks in Yale West Campus in October, and in Colt Gateway Campus in Hartford along with hundreds of regional artists in November 2018. Her painting style is influenced by Van Goh. She prefers using acrylic paints for her paintings, and oil/soft pastels in her drawings. Her bright colors symbolizes positive and yet inspiring energy for viewers and art lovers


The Metamorphosis of our Cocoon (by Afaf Khalil)

In all stages of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, we find an outstanding transformation. As it hatches from its egg, its only purpose on this planet is to find food so that it may nourish itself and move onwards to the next level. The creature that once used to crawl on the ground, unappreciated, somehow disgusting and ikky, will eventually transform into a lovable, free flying, beautiful butterfly. Acknowledging that fact makes it easier for any human to understand that almost anything is possible, and attainable. The moment we recognize the power of transformation and evolving, is the moment we open a new vision for ourselves. The journey of a humble caterpillar extending beyond its limits and being a butterfly is a perfect example for us. We all can relate to that story.

When someone tells me that he or she couldn’t change, the first thought that comes into my mind is that this person has absolutely neglected how he/she used to be in cradle one day; helpless, speechless, innocent, and totally ignorant during infancy, yet now they can do unlimited tasks and can speak several languages. They’re unaware that their brain cell can hold as five times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Only humans have the ability to express themselves through the form of art, and that they have enough potential to do almost anything they please. There are countless number of tasks, emotions, and abilities embedded inside the brain and the rest of the organs that complete the comlex human structure and mind.

While you are reading this, you are also unaware that you’re heart is beating, that you’re inhaling oxygen circulating into your lungs and at the next second you’re exhaling Carbon Dioxide, and that your digestive system is chopping down the food you have recently ate, and not only that, but also breaking it down to minerals, vitamins and other microscopic substances that your body needs to function properly. You and I are totally unaware because we are routinely being distracted by the external world. Even the saliva inside your mouth is no less important of any of what I just mentioned. There are ofcourse much more than that, but even that which we take for granted should always reminds us of how incredible we are.

Whenever you feel down, or have an illusion that you’re unable to change; have another thought.. Listen to your breath, put your beautifully colored soft skinned hand on your chest. There, you’ll feel your heart beating, and telling you “I’m working day and night for your happiness, so please be happy, and thankful that you have me”

Only then, the cocoon inside of you, will hatch into the butterfly of your dreams.

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