While teaching at the Kansas City Art Institute in 1964, Samia Halaby travelled to the Eastern Mediterranean as part of a faculty research grant and studied the geometric abstraction of the region’s Islamic architecture, leading to a series of experiments that initiated a career-long investigation of the materialist principles of
abstraction. Halaby works with the conviction that new approaches to painting can redirect ways of seeing and thinking. This underlying
notion has led to additional experiments in drawing, printmaking, computer-based kinetic art, and collage. Born in Jerusalem in 1936,
Samia Halaby’s selected solo shows for the artist include Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai (2017 & 2014); Birzeit University Museum,
Ramallah (2017); Beirut Exhibition Center, Lebanon (2015); Ayyam Gallery, London (2015, 2013); and Ayyam Gallery, Beirut (2010).
She has participated in recent group shows at Katzen Art Center, American University Museum, Washington, USA (2017); Palestine
Museum, Birzeit, Palestine (2017); Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany (2017); Zürcher Gallery, New York, USA (2016); 3rd Qalandiya International Biennial (2016); Darat Al Funun, Amman (2015); the National Academy of Arts, New York (2015); The Guggenheim Museum, Abu Dhabi (2014); Broadway 1602, New York (2014); and Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris (2009).