Born in Charlotte NC, McPherson completed her B.A at South Carolina State University and obtained an M.F.A at Duke University. Zaire McPhearson is a contemporary artist known for her multidisciplinary work and figurative representation of Black bodies. Her artwork touches on the divine spiritual being and challenges the narrative of traditional biblical figures. Her multilayered approach includes themes of religion, race, and femininity.
As a Black Woman, one thing she feels responsible for is ensuring that the art forms complicate and interrogate the questions of the Black body within various historical canons that many have deemed nearly exclusively white. This is the labor that she has felt motivated to engage in. Her work is a love letter to Black womanhood and centers on the Black body using sculptural work, digital manipulation, and photography. Her research employs an extensive knowledge of Fine Arts, lifelong experiences as a Black Woman, and the use of multiple materials.