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Malak Mattar

Pioneering Palestinian Feminist Artist

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Date of Birth:



Gaza, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Malak Mattar's profound artistry captures the essence of Palestinian life and struggles, especially emphasizing women's experiences in a conservative society. Her unique style and themes, heavily influenced by her life in Gaza and her identity as a Palestinian, make her a significant cultural figure.

Brief bio

Malak Mattar is a Palestinian artist known for her expressionist faces and abstract designs. Her artistry started as a coping mechanism during the 2014 Israeli military assault on the Gaza Strip and evolved into a powerful tool for self-expression and international recognition.

Major Milestones


  1. Began painting at 14 during the 2014 Gaza War as a form of coping and self-expression.

  2. Achieved international recognition with her paintings featured in various countries including the US, Spain, and India.

  3. Visited the United States in 2019 and 2020 for speaking tours and exhibitions, sharing her art and story.

  4. Ranked second across all 30,000 Palestinian students in the Tawjihi exams and first among students in the Gaza Strip.

  5. Published her first children’s book in English and Arabic.

  • Produced hundreds of paintings that explore and express the complexities of life in Gaza, especially for women...See More

  • Her artwork has been displayed in over 80 countries, bringing Palestinian stories to a global audience...See More

  • Advocacy for Palestinian women through her art, highlighting their struggles in a conservative society...See More

  • Her painting style and themes evolved to document the impact of war, portraying human stories of loss and resilience.

  • Utilized social media platforms to share her art and stories, gaining international attention and support.

Date of Last Update: 
December 31, 2023

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