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Hisham Zreiq

Artist's biography.

In 1968 I started my journey through life at Nazareth. I have studied computer science and I work as Software Developer, but my heart is where my art is. I started doing art using the computer in 1994 and in 1996 started exhibiting my work in galleries and museums. I went to Germany in March 2001,where I now live and work.
My art is a private perspective on life, private pains and disappointments, society, Death and a philosophical look at life. Death is the source for creation and the motor of life. Crucifixion a symbol for pain, pain caused by social, political and religious systems.

I think that art is another way to communicate, to express my ideas , for me art should have a message of a sort. This is the way I saw art when I was a little boy trying to express his Ideas with simple drawings, and this is the way I see art when working on my digital art or writing poetry today. Some times I ask myself, if we can reach people through "reason"! but I think its better to get to people's hearts through emotions, through ART, and from there we might get to their reason. Or maybe use extremes in art - and that is what I usually try - in order to make people think and ponder after their emotions become tens. Then their analyses might bring with it reasoning.

In 2007 Hisham Zreiq filmed his first documentary: The Sons of Eilaboun

I Exhibited my art in the following places:

1997 - A Look Inside, Gallery Center, Nazareth, Israel
1999 - Life and Death, Art Gallery, Om El-Fahem, Israel
2006 - Perspectives of life, Kunst und Museum, Hollfeld, Germany

Group Exhibitions

1996 - Opening Exhibition, West Galilee Art Gallery, Acre, Israel.
1998 - Earth, Art Gallery, Om El-Fahem, Israel.
1998 - Arabic calligraphy, the Land of Israel Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
1998 - Arabic Artists, Gallery Center, Nazareth, Israel.
1999 - Arabic Artists, Art Gallery, Om El-Fahem, Israel.
1999 - Arabic calligraphy, Bet-Hagfen Gallery, Haifa, Israel.
1999 - MAC 21 INTERNATIONAL Contemporary Art Fair, Exhibition Center Sur, Malaga, Spain.
2000 - The International Contemporary Art Fair of Art Galleries, Recinto Ferial, Marbella, Spain.
2000 - More than a Letter, Kage College Gallery, Bear-Sheva, Israel.
2001 - The International Contemporary Art Fair of Art Galleries, Recinto Ferial, Costa del Sol, Spain.
2001 - Pixxelpoint 2001 - International Computer Art Festival, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
2002 - MAC 21International Contemporary Art Fair of Art Galleries, Recinto Ferial, Costa del Sol, Spain.
2002 - Pixxelpoint 2002 - International Computer Art Festival, Nova Gorica, Slovenia.
2003 - MAC 21 International Contemporary Art Fair of Art Galleries, Marbella , Costa del Sol, Spain.
2004 - 26th International Hollfeld Art Exhibition - Minimal Art, Hollfeld, Germany.


I dedicate this art work for my father
and for all war victims and refugees in the world.

He choked and his eyes were full of tears, and with a trembling voice he said “I remember it as if it has just happened”, this is the way he ended the story, the story of a nine years old boy from a small village called Eilaboun, in Palestine 1948, the story of my father, when he was a refugee.

It all started on October 30, 1948, when the Israeli army interred his village and massacred 14 young men, one of them was his brother, and some of the others were his cousins, and the villagers were forced to leave their country to Lebanon. This was only the beginning of what he went through, a beginning of a long nightmare. In this nightmare my father witnessed the massacre of about 50 young men, who were convinced to surrender their weapons, and the minute they did, they were murdered in cold blood in front of the people of two villages (their own village, and Eilaboun). A boy of his age was shot while speaking to him about games, the blood of a woman sitting next to him splashed on his face, when the solders shot her hand, the fear he had…

My father told us those stories many times before, but this time it was different. This time he was very emotional; he made us live his story, he made us feel what he went through, or at least part of it, for the first time I felt that it happened to my father and indirectly it happened to me!

►► Some of the artist's artwork

Contact: Hisham_Zrake@hotmail.com
Online Personal site available: sonsofeilaboun.com
Erlangen Germany


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