Mariam was born on 1 December 1975 in Morocco. She was critically injured in a shoot-out and became paralysed from the chest down (Tetraplegia C5). Before the accident she was studying history of art and had a vocation for art. In occupational therapy she was introduced to mouth painting. Nine years have gone by since then and the artist is still intent on making progress. Mariam has taken part in a number of exhibitions. She also designs her own cards, gives interviews and continues to paint and create art.