Arsham was born in Cleveland in 1980 and grew up in Miami. After receiving the YoungArts scholarship in 1999 from the National YoungArts Foundation, he attended Cooper Union in New York City. Beginning in 2004, Arsham began producing scenography for ballets, symphony orchestras, operas and music videos, working with composers and choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, Pharrell Williams and Jonah Bokaer, among others. Arsham founded the design and architectural firm Snarkitecture with Alex Mustonen in 2007 and the production company Film the Future in 2014 with Ben Louis Nicholas and Courtney Andrialis. His work has been presented at MoMA PS1, the MCA Academy in Miami, the Athens Biennale, the New Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati and other renowned institutions. Arsham lives and works in New York City.