Tayseer Barakat was born in Gaza in 1959 and completed his arts education in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1983. After completing his studies, he moved to Ramallah where he has since based – both teaching and creating art. Barakat has worked with a variety media and has experimented widely – with wood, metal and glass – and has become one of Palestine’s foremost artists working today. Painting remains his first love and he continues to work at a prolific rate, drawing on the artistic heritage of the region and its ancient influences. Barakat has held 10 solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions with many of his contemporaries in Japan, USA, Brazil, Europe and across the Arab world.
His solo exhibitions included Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1996, The Number that Became a Name, Ramallah in 2006 and Distant Voices – Zawyeh Gallery, Ramallah in 2014.
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.