Born in Damascus, Rana Sunaij entered the world wide-eyed and surrounded by a big, loving, creative family, developing a passion for the arts from an early age. After studying French Literature at the University of Damascus, she travelled to California to follow her dream of studying art. Marriage to an Austrian diplomat cut her time in the United States short, but it opened the doors to a life of international arts education, including private study with the artist Mona Dabbous in Cairo, classes with the master Marianna Eminescu at the Bucharest National University of the Arts in Romania, classes in representational drawing and painting at the University of Fine Arts in Rome, and an apprenticeship in painting with the acclaimed Austrian artist Michael Fuchs in his atelier in Austria (previously the atelier of one of Austria's most celebrated artists, Egon Schiele). Sunaij's artistic endeavors reflect a cultural array of human expression. Lately she has been focusing on the image of the woman, her identity, strength, and solitude. Her work fuses modern subject matter with classical realist technique.