Nasser Soumi was born in Palestine in 1948. He studied art at the National School of Fine Arts in Damascus, Syria, from 1971 to 1977, continuing his studies at the National School of Fine Arts in Paris France, from 1980 to 1982. Soumi is a painter and primarily an installation artist. He transforms a variety of ordinary materials into works of art. His work is an assembling of “eclectic and handmade objects”. His use of the different tones of the indigo blue colour evokes the Mediterranean Sea and gives an impression of navigation and nomadic movement towards a faraway land. He has had a number of personal exhibits, including ones in France, Italy, Poland, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan,Syria, Palestine, the UAE, and India. He also participated in a number of group exhibitions, notably at the Tokyo Museum, the Madrid National Museum, and the Paris Institut du Monde Arabe, in addition to shows in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Norway, Germany, Austria, Russia, Switzerland, Palestine, Kuwait, Morocco, and Iraq. Soumi’s works can be found in public collections such as the Tunis Museum of Modern Art, the French National Fund for Contemporary Art, the Paris Bibliotheque Nationale, and the Baghdad National Museum. They were also purchased by the Arab Bank, the French Ministry of Culture, the Syrian Ministry of Culture, the Shouman Foundation in Jordan, the Sharjah Museum , ARRT in Paris and Kinda foundation . In 1997, Soumi won the first prize at the Cairo Biennale.