Maya Fidawi studied Fine Arts at the American University of Beirut in 2000. She is fluent in several languages including Arabic, English, French, and Portuguese. Before starting her career as an illustrator of children's books, she worked in different areas including in Decorative drawings and miniatures, and advertising companies where she drew in walls of several homes and palaces in Lebanon, such as the Phoenicia Hotel and Planet Hollywood . Her career as children's books illustrator started when she participated in a children's painting calendar event with an advertising company. One of the presents in the event was an owner of a publishing house. Delighted by the drawing of Fidawi, the owner contracted with her to illustrator one of her book. Fidawi now has illustrated numerous books inside and outside the Arab world including Lebanon, UAE, Jordan, Morocco, Italy, Brazil, and New York. Fidawi held numerous illustration workshops for children and professional graphic illustrators in Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Tangier, and Beirut. Her drawings have also received many awards such as the Etisalat Award for the best drawings under forty books in 2017, for her book “The Seven Day Lamb” which took place in Morocco.