Tayseer Barakat

Country: Palestinian Territory, Occupied
Nationality: Palestinian
Company: International Academy Palestine


With a career that spans almost 30 years, Tayseer Barakat is considered one of the most important artists to emerge from Gaza. Born in 1959 in Jabalia Camp, Barakat, who is a resident of Ramallah, graduated with a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Helwan University. His exhibitions list is too long to outline, but it includes the Sao Paulo International Biennial (1997), Austria 2006, Damascus (2010), Alexandria Biennial (1989), Rome (1989-1996), Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm (1996), United Nations Headquarters, New York (1997), Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris (2000), Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (2003), Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas Meem Gallery, Dubai and much more.

With impeccable technical ability and a real talent at executing touching compositions, Barakat’s paintings are intertwined with his reality of being a son of refugees and a subject of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territory. Yet, despite his somewhat grim reality, Barakat’s paintings are neither devoid of hope nor full of despair. Rather, what concerns him is the narrative, to tell his story, or the story of his people, through his art. An emblematic example of this can be seen in his work, Life in a Box, which can be viewed in an exclusive interview he did with alhoush.com to tell the story behind the work. Watch

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