Sliman Mansour

Laureate of The Palestine Prize for Art 2021
Sliman Mansour

Sliman Mansour
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Art becomes tasteless when it does not belong to its original environment.Sliman Mansour

1947 Born in Birzeit, Palestine

1967-1970 Studied fine arts at Bezalel Art Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem

1979 Co-founder of “Gallery 79” the first art gallery in Palestine.

1979-1982 Head of the League of Palestinian Artists.

1974-1983 Art teacher, Women’s Teachers Training Center (Al-Tireh)

1983-1985 Birzeit University – Project for promoting Palestinian handicrafts.

1985-1987 Co-author of Palestinian Folk Costumes1982 and Palestinian Embroidery1984, published by the Committee of popular Palestinian heritage Ina ‘ash Al-Usrah society – Al-Bireh

1987- present Board of directors/ Palestinian National Theatre, Jerusalem

1980-1992 Political cartoonist, English Al-Fajr, Al-Awdah magazine, Jerusalem

1986-1990 Head of the League of Palestinian Artists.

1991 Co-founder of the “New Visions” art group.

1992 Founding member of Al-Wasiti Art Centre, Jerusalem

1995-2001 Director of Al-Wasiti Art Centre, Jerusalem.

1995-2007 Director at the Palestinian Ministry of culture.

1998 Co-founder of the “Archive of Palestinian art” project.

2001-2003 Art teacher at Al Quds University

2004 Co-founder and head of the “Palestinian Contemporary Art Association”

2005 Co-founder of “Artists without Walls” Israeli and Palestinian Artists.

2005-present Board member of the International Art Academy – Palestine

2005-present Board member of “Al-Hosh” art society for establishing an art museum in

Palestine, Jerusalem.

2007 Acting Executive Director of the International Art Academy-Palestine

2019 The Sharjah UNESCO prize  

1998 Palestine Prize for the Visual Arts.

1998 Grand Prize of the Cairo Biennial.

2021 Palestine Prize, Laureate of the Art.

Solo Exhibitions:

1981 Sliman Mansour Exhibition – Gallery 79 – Ramallah.

1992 Roots – United Nations – New York, USA.

1995 Suleiman Mansour – Al Sharja Biennial – Al Sharja.

1996 Palestinian Art, Suleiman Mansour – City Hall – Stavanger, Norway.

1998 I Ismael – Cairo Biennial, Cairo.

2001 Ten Years in Mud – solo traveling exhibition shown in Ramallah, Nazareth, and Gaza.

2003 The Fabric of Memory – Al Sharja Museum – UAE.

2007 “Sketches” – Almamal Gallery-Jerusalem/Old City

2011 Alhoush art court

2011 Isaaf Nashashibi cultural center


Selected Group Exhibitions:

1975 The first group exhibition of Palestinian Art under occupation – YMCA Jerusalem

1978 International Exhibition for a Museum in Palestine – Beirut, Lebanon.

1980 State museum of oriental arts. Moscow. USSR.

1981 Kunsternes Hus. Oslo, Norway

1982 Down with Occupation -Israeli and Palestinian artists, Jerusalem

1983 13th Arab Biennial/ Kuwait.

1987 Stop the Occupation – Israeli and Palestinian artists, Artists House -Jerusalem

1988 It’s Possible – Cooper Union, New York. USA

1990 Art Under Occupation – City Hall – Salerno, Italy

1990 Occupation and Resistance – the Alternative Museum, New York, USA

1991 New Visions – The Jordanian National Gallery – Amman, Jordan.

1992 Seven Artists from The Occupied Territories – Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan

1992 Suleiman Mansour and Israel Rabinowitz – Nora Latin, ABF- Stockholm, Sweden.

1994 Building Bridges – Meridian House – Washington, D.C. USA.

1996 Building Bridges – Ministry of Culture – Luxembourg, Belgium.

1997 Palestinian Spring – Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

1998 50 years of Nakbah – Nazareth.

1999 Palestinian Artists today–Drammens Museum, Norway

2000 Kwangu Biennial – South Korea.

2002 Sao Paulo Biennial – Brazil.

2003 35 artists against the Occupation. Israeli and Palestinian artists. Jaffa -Jerusalem

2003 Made in Palestine – the Station Museum-Houston, Texas (traveling show).

2004 Colors of Life and Resistance – UNESCO – Paris, France.

2005 Virtual Book – Library of Alexandria, Egypt.

2005 Three Cities against the Wall – Tel-Aviv, New York, Hebron.

2006 Palestinian Art –Um Al-Fahem Gallery, Um Al-Fahem

2007 Santa’s Ghetto –Bethlehem Manger square.

One of the most important reasons for the artist’s success is his belief in a cause.

After listening to the testimonies of many Palestinian artists about their childhood after the Nakba and under the Occupation, I believe that true talent emerges in defiance of all the forces of oppression, subjugation, and denial.

Art becomes tasteless when it does not belong to its original environment.