Mariyah Sultan (also known as Maria Sultan) is an New York artist with studios in both New York and North Carolina. Sultan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film from New York University- School of the Arts, and in 1987 worked on an MFA in a program adjoined with the San Francisco Art Institute. Although closely identified with the Abstract Expressionists, the years living and painting in San Francisco helped define and develop her particular vocabulary of line, form, and color. She has won several awards and is a 2-time winner of the best of the Arts Students League of New York. In 2015, she had a one-woman show at the Sechrest Gallery in North Carolina's High Point University, where she has also lectured on contemporary art.