Soraya is a Canadian artist based in Victoria BC. Her mother, Monique Mottahedeh, was a talented artist and her first mentor. At the age of fifteen she studied Chinese painting with Thep Thavonsouk, world renown artist, with shows in art galleries and museum all around the world.
Soraya's various travelsto Africa and parts of Asia, had a profound influence on her art. In1993, her family open the first art gallery in Vientiane Laos called Champa Art Gallery where she displayed her art for many years.