Born in Monufia, Egypt in 1944, Shalabiya Ibrahim learned painting through self-teaching, after she started to take an interest in painting in 1960. She participated in exhibitions in Kuwait, Sharjah, Damascus, and Amman. She also held several solo exhibitions in Cairo and Berlin. Shalabiya uses paper and water-colour to make her unpolluted delicate work. She does not restrict herself to academic techniques. Her subjects are inspired by folk tales and legends and she uses simple lines and colour spaces to depict the female body.