Doris Hakim was born in Nazareth to a Palestinian father and a Greek mother. This background played an important role in her artistic development, pushing her to explore the outcomes and perception of society, religion and politics, focusing on the meaning of issues such as democracy, equality and limitations.
Hakim left Nazareth and moved to Greece at the age of 20. He studied Theology and then Fine Arts. Moving to Spain, he continued with a master's degree and is currently doing a PhD.
Hakim's complex and diverse origins combine both the richness and violence of the cultural context in which she developed. It deals with these issues in an effort to come to terms with its culture and sociopolitical boundaries, while also dealing with the culture of others. The abuse of religious, political and psychological power can be seen in her art through the concealment and revelation of symbols.