Although born on Lebanon he moved to Texas in 1967 where he studied Fashion Design at the University of Texas, he then moved to New York so he could further his studies at the New York Institute for Fashion.
His Career in fashion began in 1992 working for Giorgio Armani. He then also moved in to freelance work as a fashion illustrator.
His work has featured in Mademoiselle, Metropolitan Home, Illustrator, The New Yorker, Visionaire, Harpers Bazaar, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, various editions of Vogue and W Magazine which is said to be one of the high lights of his career.
His freelance advertizing clients have included such names as Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co, Marriot, Perrier-Jouet, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Barneys NY, H&M, Bloomingdales, Moncler, Saks Fifth Ave, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Fendi, Shisseido, Adidas and The Waldorf.
He has worked with several advertising agencies.
He has illustrated the covers for several book some fiction like ‘The Beautiful and The Damned’ by F Scott Fitzgerald.
And others relating to fashion design and illustration like Fashion Illustrator: Drawing and Presentation for the Fashion Designer by Morris (Abrams Studio ).
His work has also featured in: The Beautiful: Illustrations for Fashion and Design, Illusive Contemporary Designs Part 3, 100 years of Fashion Illustrations, Illustration Now Vol 2, Wonderland, Fashion Images De Mode No.6, Stylish Drawing, Lingerie: A Lexicon of Design, Fashion Illustration Now, Shoes: A Lexicon of Style and more.
His medium is watercolour and inks on paper. Kareem Iliya’s images are hauntingly full of grace and mystery. For him, a successful fashion illustration is an image which grabs your attention and holds it, making you wish for more.