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Sliman Mansour

(1947 - )


Archeological Site
Blue Self-Portrait
I Ismael




Born in Birzeit, Palestine in 1947, Sliman Mansour spent his childhood at boarding schools in Bethlehem. He studied fine art at Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem from 1967 to 1970, and has been involved in the Palestinian art scene since the 1970's. In addition to participating in all Palestinian artists' group exhibits since 1975, Mansour served as the head of The League of Palestinian Artists from 1986-1990, promoting local artists and organizing exhibitions. In the 1990's, he was one of the first Palestinian artists who moved away from painting and started experimenting with non-traditional materials such as mud. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in various countries including Israel, Japan, Russia, Norway, the United States, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, and Egypt, where he won the grand prize at the 1998 Cairo Biennial for his works I Ismail. Mansour also teaches art, and is the author of two books on Palestinian folklore. He is a founding member of the Al-Wasiti Art Center in Jerusalem, where he currently serves as the director.