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Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara

Pioneering artist, documented Palestinian suffering and resistance through art.

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Date of Birth:



Al-Dawayima, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara is celebrated for his vivid, relief-style artworks that poignantly capture the Palestinian experience, portraying the struggles, resilience, and cultural vibrancy of the Palestinian people. His self-taught, distinctive style and his deep involvement with the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) make him a significant cultural figure in Palestinian history.

Brief bio

Abdul Hay Mosallam Zarara was a self-taught Palestinian artist known for his unique acrylic, glue, and sawdust reliefs. His works unflinchingly depicted the Palestinian tragedy and global liberation struggles, blending personal experiences with broader political narratives. Zarara's art is a testament to Palestinian resilience and cultural memory.

Major Milestones


  • Forced to leave Palestine during the Nakba, 1948

  • Joined the Palestine Liberation Organization, late 1960s

  • Developed his unique bas-relief technique in Libya

  • His work in the 1970s and 80s was well-known across the Middle East

  • Retrospective at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, 2011

  • Development of a unique acrylic, glue, and sawdust relief technique...See More

  • Artworks depicting the Palestinian struggle and global liberation movements...See More

  • Representation of Palestinian traditions and women's roles in his art.

  • Participation in major exhibitions across the Middle East and globally.

  • Influencing future generations of artists in the Middle East and beyond.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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