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Manal Deeb

Visual artist exploring identity, exile.

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Date of Birth:



Ramallah, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Deeb's significant contributions to the arts encapsulate the Palestinian diaspora's struggles and resilience, bringing global attention to the nuanced expressions of Palestinian identity and the broader human condition.

Brief bio

Manal Deeb is renowned for blending elements of her Palestinian heritage with contemporary art practices to create deeply personal and politically resonant works. Her exhibitions have spanned globally, showcasing her ability to navigate and articulate the complexities of identity, memory, and displacement.

Major Milestones


  • Early Life and Education: Born in Ramallah in 1968, Deeb moved to the US at 18 to pursue art studies, eventually earning a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychology of Art from George Mason University.

  • Recognition and Awards: In 2013, Deeb was honored as one of the Arab Women of the Year by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Her art was also selected for the annual Director’s Collection by the Workhouse Arts Center in 2016.

  • Global Exhibitions: Her work has been showcased in major cities worldwide, including New York, London, Paris, Rome, Cairo, and Doha, reflecting her international impact...See More [ Read more 

  • United Nations Exhibition: Thirty works representing Palestine were displayed at the United Nations Visitors Centre in NYC in 2012-2013, marking a significant milestone in her career...See More

  • Publication and Music Collaboration: Deeb published her first book, "Dome of the Soul," in Arabic, merging poetry with images of her artwork. She also collaborated with Genre Peak, composing and speaking Arabic lyrics for the CD "Fix Me Deeper."

  • Exploration of Palestinian Identity: Through her art, Deeb delves into the Palestinian identity, using personal and collective memory to create visual narratives that resonate globally...See More

  • Integration of Traditional and Contemporary Art Forms: Deeb combines painting, calligraphy, digital manipulation, and video to explore and express complex themes of exile, memory, and identity.

  • Empowerment Through Portraiture: Her self-portraits and representations of Palestinian women highlight strength and resilience, challenging societal and political constraints.

  • Innovative Use of Mediums: Deeb's incorporation of elements like Arabic calligraphy and digital art into her pieces breaks conventional boundaries, offering new ways to experience and interpret art...See More

  • Cultural and Humanitarian Engagement: Through her exhibitions and public engagements, Deeb fosters dialogue about the Palestinian experience, contributing to a broader understanding and empathy for the Palestinian cause and global cultures.

Date of Last Update: 
April 6, 2024

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