Sara Issakharian is currently an artist in residence at the Bethanien Art Institute in Berlin. She was raised in Tehran in a Jewish family and moved out of the country in 2001 to continue her education. She was awarded the 2014 inaugural New York Academy of Art Residency in Moscow, Russia and in 2015, she was part of the first round award winners of The Art Olympia Prize, Japan. Most recently in 2017, she completed a residency at The Leipzig School of Art. Issakharian has exhibited her work in London, Tokyo, Tehran and throughout the United States. Her work is included in private collections throughout Iran, Europe and the United States. Issakharian completed her MFA in painting at The New York Academy of Art in 2015.