Art by Palestinian artists week 2:
Today’s post is about Palestinian artist Laila Shawa. Noted as one of the most important artists in the #Arabic
contemporary revolutionary art scene, her political background since her childhood influenced the art works she would create throughout her career. .
Born in #Gaza
in 1940, eight years before Palestine became a state together with the New State of Israel, she attended the prestigious boarding school in Cairo called the Leonardo da Vinci Art Institute between 1957-1958 then studied at the at the Accademia di Belle Arti from 1958 till 1960. She was also a student at the School of Seeing in Salzburg, Austria from 1960-1963, graduating in 1964 with a diploma in Plastic and Decorative Arts at the Academia St. Giaccomo, Rome.
Completing her studies, she relocated to Gaza in 1965 to organise arts and crafts classes in various refugee camps in collaboration with #UNESCO
’s education program. Her main aim was to teach the arts to underprivileged children. Moving to Beirut, Lebanon in 1967, Laila spent nine years working as a full time painter. She alongside her husband and father who was the #Palestinian
mayor of Gaza until 1982, founded The Rashad Shawa Cultural Center in 1985.
Laila’s artistic inspirations draw from the experiences around her, creating works which represent the #political
and social problems that Palestine is going through, becoming a sort of historian for her country, as well as the issues Arab women face. “My inspiration is my direct experiences. It’s usually what I see, what’s around me, so it is contemporary. I prefer to do the present, now, with issues that are very relevant.” Quote via princetonu_artmusem.
’s artworks which include painting, installations and sculptures, has been exhibited internationally in places such as the UK, Germany, Italy, the Middle East, Africa, Russia, Austria, China, Japan and the US.
She currently lives and works in London.
Last image of artist.
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