(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.
Zawyeh is an independent visual arts gallery founded in Ramallah, Palestine, in 2012. The gallery’s mission is to promote emerging and established Palestinian artists – from Palestine and the Diaspora – through various thematic exhibitions at home and aboard. The gallery seeks to advance excellent contemporary and modern Palestinian art internationally through the participation in art fairs, exhibitions and bespoke art projects. The gallery specializes in supporting young artist to grow their art and portfolios. Since its establishment, the gallery has held a number of solo and collective exhibitions showcasing a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, installations, video and photography.
Zawyeh believes resilience in the face of adversity in Palestine engenders creativity and artistic excellence.