Sliman Mansour

(b. 1947, Birzeit, Palestine) Sliman Mansour studied fine art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Sliman Mansour is known for his 1973 work Camel of Hardship depicting an old porter carrying Jerusalem on his back. Mansour has tailored his comprehensive portfolio around the Palestinian struggle, portraying peasants and women in traditional dress in his early works. During the first Intifada (1993 – 1987) Mansour and other artists in the ‘New Vision’ art movement boycotted Israeli supplies of art materials. Instead, Mansour used local materials like mud and henna in his works. Mansour draws inspiration from the olive tree, and has focused on the theme of ‘land’ since 1970. His recent work is centred on individual figures conveying the ‘different states of exhausting anticipation or loss,’ result- ing from his experience of living under the occupation. He exhibited in Ramallah, New York, Sharjah, Cairo, Gaza and Stavanger, Norway. He participated in sever- al group exhibitions including exhibitions at: Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow (1980), Palestinian Spring, Al-Hakawati Theatre, Jerusalem, 1985; New Visions, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, 1991; Made in Palestine, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas, 2003; and Contemporary Graphic Art in the Arab World, Nabad Gallery, Amman, 2010. In 1998 he received the Palestine Prize for the Visual Arts at the Cairo Biennial.