Selma Tufail

Walnut Creek

Selma Tufail, an artist, has always navigated through the worlds of literature, art, and education. Life’s journeys have taken her around the world where she has taught, written, and created art — in Spain, Qatar, the U.A.E. the U.S, and Pakistan. Throughout, she has continued her pursuit of creativity in all its forms. She was awarded the Order of Civil Merit, the highest civilian award of Spain. She is the author and illustrator of Con Yanci: When Chickens Fly and Other Tales, a children’s storybook. An excerpt from a memoir she is co-writing with Anniqua Rana was performed at: Play on Words, San José’s literary performance series at the San José Museum of Art for “Our Stories, Ourselves,” Her writings on gender, art and mysticism have appeared in, The Dollhouse, Pakistan Daily Times, Article in Shards of Silence – An Anthology, The Arabia Review: TESOL Arabia, UAE among others. Currently she is working on a joint memoir with her sister and co-writing a book on the life and art of a mid-twentieth century South Asian artist.


  1. Arts & Culture

    Art History, Arts Education, Cultural Exchange
  2. Literary Arts

    Editing, Writing
    Memoir, Travel Writing, Children's Fiction, Magical Realism, Art & Culture
  3. Painting

    Classical, Figurative, Illustrative, Landscape, Realistic, Spiritual, Still Life, Surrealistic
    Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Ink, Gouache
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