Sager Al Qatil was born in Al Amari Refugee Camp, Ramallah in 1959, and was raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza. After leaving school early, like many young Palestinians, he sought menial work in Yafa, often to the detriment of his health. On arrival in Ramallah in the early 1980s, he was finally able to pursue his passion under the tutelage of his friend, the artist Tayseer Barakat. “We worked, played and rested together. Each summer I would teach him what I had learned at university in winter. Sager was a remarkable artist who left an indelible trace and sadly departed far too early,” Barakat painfully reflects. A self-taught artist and an early member of The League of Palestinian Artists, he held his first exhibition at Birzeit University in 1985 and this was followed by another solo show at Al Hakwati Theater, Jerusalem in 1986. His unique style and influences are vehemently linked to his childhood memories and early artistic experiences when art was not encouraged and often frowned upon both in school and at home.
He participated in a number of exhibitions in Italy, Switzerland, France, Holland, United States, Belgium, and Egypt. His surrealist work is often described as uncanny, depicting trauma and adverse experiences. Al Qatil died at the young age of 45 in Holland in 2004.
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