Biography

Mohammed Musallam

1974 Born in Gaza, Palestine.
2006 Lecturer in the Department of Painting, Fine Arts College, AL-Aqsa University, Gaza.

2016 PhD in philosophy of Art, Painting department, Fine Arts College, Minia University in Egypt. (Thesis: The Place in the Palestinian Painting as experienced by the researcher).
2006 Master Degree in Painting, Fine Arts College, Helwan University, in Egypt (Thesis: Influence of Modern Art Trends on Contemporary Palestinian Painting)

Private Exhibitions (Title of exhibition in brackets):
2011 Personal exhibition, Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture Greece.

2011 Personal exhibition, Municipality of Paris 6, Paris.
2010 Personal exhibition, Library University of Evry, Paris.

2009 (We miss you) Installation, in the Dera Hotel, French Cultural Center. Dedicated to Mahmuod Darwish (First Memorial Ceremony)
2008 (Presence) Gaza, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Nablus, Bethlehem, the French Culture Councils of the French Consulate in Jerusalem.

2004 (The Last Shelter) Hassan Horany's Exhibition and Competition, A.M.Qattan Foundation, Ramallah.
2003 (Glimpse) Gaza, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Nablus, Bethlehem, the French Cultural Councils of the French Consulate in Jerusalem.

2000 Dual Exhibition, Ministry of Culture, Gaza, Ramallah.
2000 (Prisoner) The Artist of the Year Competition, A.M.Qattan Foundation, Ramallah.

Selected Exhibitions:
2010 (Video'appart) - Video Art Exhibition, Paris and Dubai.

2007-2008- 2009- Participation in "White Night' at the A-Group French Cultural Centers in Palestine.
2008 In Scene Video Art Exhibition, Palestinian Art-Court al Hoash, Jerusalem.

2005 - ( Bare Code ) installation - workshop, International Academy Cooperation Of Arts. Oslo, Ramallah ,Gaza.
2004 - Exhibition of Palestinian Contemporary Art. Najac, Bordeaux, Lyon.

2004 Tri- Exhibition, Khalil El-Sakakini, Bir Zeit University, Ramallah.
2004 Exhibition and Auction (Things never end), UNDP, Jerusalem.

2004 Fifth Session of Nile Salon Photography, Cairo
2003 Twenty Second Biennale Alexandria.

Professional Membership:
Association of Fine Artists in Gaza and Ramallah.

Member of Advisory Committee to evaluate education in Palestine, A.M.Qattan Foundation, Ramallah.
Scholarships:

2009 Artist-in-Residence: Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
2005-2006 Scholarship from Al-Aqsa University, and A.M. Qattan Foundation (in support of postgraduate studies)

Mohammed Musallam was born in Gaza in 1974 after his family had been dislocated from the historic Palestine as a consequent of the 1948 war.
He holds a Bachelor degree in Painting from Al Najah University and a Masters degree in Painting from Helwan University, Cairo. He currently resides in Gaza and works there as a lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University.

From his first steps as a university student he became greatly influenced by the abstract art processes and approaches.
In his Art, he focuses on portraying a range of humanistic issues, which go beyond the limitations imposed by any prevailing time-related matters, which may be oppressive and persistent simultaneously. At the same time, he concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.

Through his choice of Abstract Art, Musallam tries to go beyond relying on the intuitive processes and he adds elements as thoughts, which may either stand out or ‘submerge’ in the work. By this, he attempts to place in a central position the human being, whose desires and dreams are oppressed by daily life and facts. The fact that Musallam resides in a very small and isolated place afflicted by brutal occupation and more recently by internal fights, has helped him to develop an important view about his relationship with his Art: his constant practice, research and creative approach to Art and t other humanistic sphere, helps him to comprehend humaneness and precisely, that freedom in Art becomes a reward for him for not being able to change the predominating reality.
His view on Art is that it is not valued by what it conveys but by the means of conveyance. He supports the view that Art is a language that starts visually and concludes with endless numbers of personal choices; that the subject may be initiated (or may not) by the artist with absolute liberty; and consequently that, the viewer may (or may not) receive it directly and may have the desire to grow the scope of the work “despite the holiness of its subject” into one that still maintains a high artistic value.

Musallam uses various painting tools, materials and a range of different colors to convey different levels of the strength of expression. Papers, newspapers and pieces of clothes are often used in his works. He also finds expression in installations and video Art works. He also shares the common view that “fewer words that carry deep meanings are more effective than long texts and excessive elaboration”. In his Paintings one may observe single subjects (or objects) without much ornamentation, while his more installations and video art works maintain simplicity to a great extent, but they are still extremely charged emotionally.
Mohammed Musallam continues his personal journey in the experimentation and creation of art works with deep meaning led by his thoughts and feelings and he searches new challenges while always understanding the artist’s responsibility in novelty and contemporary thinking.