Born in 1947, Birzeit, Palestine, Sliman Mansour studied fine art at the Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem. Mansour is known for his 1973 work Camel of Hardship depicting an old porter carrying Jerusalem on his back. Mansour has tailored his comprehensive portfolio around the Palestinian struggle, portraying peasants and women in traditional dress in his early work. During the first Intifada against Israeli occupation (1987 – 1993) Mansour and other artists in the ‘New Vision’ art movement started in 1987 boycotted Israeli supplies. Instead, Mansour used local materials like mud and henna in his work.
Sliman Mansour draws inspiration from the subject of the olive tree, and has focused on the theme of ‘land’ since 1970. His recent work is centred on the individual figure to convey the ‘different states of exhausting anticipation or loss,’ resulting from his experience of living under the occupation.
Sliman Mansour has held solo exhibitions in Ramallah, New York, Sharjah, Cairo, Gaza and Stavanger, Norway. His group exhibitions include Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow (1980), Palestinian Spring, Al-Hakawati Theatre, Jerusalem, 1985; New Visions, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman, 1991; Made in Palestine, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas, 2003; and Contemporary Graphic Art in the Arab World, Nabad Gallery, Amman, 2010. In 1998 he received the Palestine Prize for the Visual Arts at the Cairo Biennial.
Natural materials are focal in Sliman Mansour’s recent artworks. The combination of mud and acrylic on wood reflects the tension between the rough cracks of mud which is dominant, in contrast to adjacent areas of smoothly painted acrylic colors. Mansour’s works represent the stalemate situation in the Palestinian current reality and the subsequent changes that permeate the nature of Palestinians as people.
Sliman Mansour draws inspiration from the subject of the olive tree, and has focused on the theme of ‘land’ since 1970. His recent work is centred on the individual figure to convey the ‘different states of exhausting anticipation or loss,’ resulting from his experience of living under the occupation. Zawyeh Gallery features the work by Sliman Mansour and is available in both Ramallah and Dubai locations
- Guggenheim Museum (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
- Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art (Doha, Qatar)
- Institut du Monde Arabe (Paris, France)
- Jordan National Museum (Amman, Jordan)
- Barjeel Art Foundation (Sharjah, UAE)
- Darat Al Funun (Amman, Jordan)
- Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
- Dar El-Nimer (Beirut, Lebanon)
- Dalloul Art Foundation (Beirut, Lebanon)
- Birzeit University Museum (Birzeit, Palestine)
- The Palestinian Museum (Birzeit, Palestine)
- Um Al Fahem Museum (Um Al Fahem, Occupied Palestine)