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Malak Mattar
b. 1999, Palestine

Malak Mattar, a Gaza Strip-based artist of surprising originality, creates powerfully expressionist faces, figures, and semi-abstract designs. She began painting at the age of thirteen. During Israel's 51-day military attack on Gaza in 2014. She felt compelled to unleash all of her negative energy, fear, anxiety, and utter panic because she was forced to stay inside for her own protection. She began painting with simple watercolor on paper and art supplies from her school. For her, this opened up a whole new world of self-expression. Mattar produced over 300 works of art.

Since she was unable to leave Gaza due to Israeli occupation restrictions, Mattar shared her paintings with the world through social media, including Instagram and Facebook. She started selling her originals to customers all over the world on her fourteenth birthday. She was financially self-sufficient in less than two years. Mattar's work attracted the attention of galleries outside of Palestine, and she has had solo and group exhibits in Jerusalem, France, Spain, Turkey, Costa Rica, India, England, 11 states in the United States, and the Art under Attack show at the Rayburn House Office Building, US House of Representatives, DC.

Malak Mattar has excelled academically while honing her creative ability, earning the highest grade point average in the Gaza Strip in 2017, her senior year of high school, and the second highest grade average in all of Palestine that year, out of thousands of students in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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June 2021 Cover of GQ Arabia
2021 BBC Interview
International solo exhibitions
International group exhibtiions



Solo Exhibitions

2020 'The Eyes of Women', Cultural House, Frieburg, Germany
2019 Cultural Center, New York, USA
2019 Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Washington DC, USA
2019 Palestine Museum US, Connecticut, USA
2018 Palestine Museum US, Connecticut, USA
2018 Greenbelt annual festival, London, UK
2016 Museum of Extremadura, Gaza Tierra y liberated, Spain
2016 UNED cultural Center, Red de Solidaridad, Costa Rica
2015 University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica
2015 BDS Centre, Gaza, Palestine

Group Exhibitions

2020 Museum of Palestinian people, Washington DC, USA
2020 Palestine Museum US, Woodbridge, USA
2020 'Post Colonisation', Eindhoven, Holland
2019 Red Rock Chateau, California, USA
2019 TAC gallery, Eindhoven, Holland
2018 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA
2018 Resource Center for Nonviolence, Santa Cruz, California, USA
2018 San Francisco State Univesity, San Francisco, California, USA
2018 Cultural Center of California, California, USA
2018 University of California, California, USA
2018 Palestine Expo. Annual festival, London, UK
2018 Palestinian Embassy, Sweden
2018 Inegol Kent Museum, Bursa, Turkey
2018 Guray Museum, Cappadocia, Turkey
2018 Town Hall, Paris, France
2018 Media Pablo Neruda, Malakoff, France
2018 Fontenay-sous-Bois Museum, France
2018 Group Exhibition in Support of Palestine demonstration, London, UK
2018 Green Room, London, UK
2018 OXO Design Centre, Southbank, London, UK
2017 University of North Carolina, USA
2017 American congress, Rebuilding Alliance, Washington DC, USA
2017 US Capital, Rebuilding Alliance, Washington DC, USA
2016 'GAZA51', Indian Organizations for Arts, Hyderabad, Lamakaan, Chena, Bangalor, Mumbai, Delhi, India
2016 Ambassador hotel, Jerusalem, Palestine
2015 Al Qattan Institution for Art and Culture