|Country:||Palestinian Territory, Occupied|
Born in Gaza in 1974, for Mohammed Musallam, art is a language of hope and freedom. On the canvas, with his brush or pen, he feels like he has control. He can give free reign to his heart and mind; mold his thoughts and emotions and turn them into creative expressions.
The hardships of the incursion have made Musallam focus his art on the theme of humanity and its paradoxes. He and his family were evacuated from their home during the incursion. They had to go live with relatives until calm was restored. When they returned home weeks later, they found that their house had been raided, the rooms had been ransacked, and several of his beloved paintings had been cut with a knife.
His recent works in France, where he was on scholarship, are connected to life in Gaza and the incursion. There is no reason to explain the symbolisms in his works, because they are so very well represented in his paintings.
Musallam received his Masters degree of Arts in Painting from Helwan University in Cairo in 2006, after completing his Bachelors degree at Al Najah University in Nablus. He just recently completed a scholarship with the ‘’Cite International des Arts’’ in Paris. His works have been exhibited in France, Egypt and the region.