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Issam Bader

Issam Bader

Sector : Cultural Figures , Artists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1948
  • Age : 68
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Born in Hebron in 1948, graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Baghdad. worked as teacher of Fine Arts in the Ramallah Teachers’ Institute for Women from 1973-1977 then in Al-Tireh Women’s Institute in Ramallah in 1981.

Later received an MA in Ceramics from the Tbilisi Academy of Fine Arts in Georgia in 1983.

Worked as a ceramist and painter and had several personal and group exhibits both locally and abroad, he was one of the main contributors to establishing the plastic art movement in the West Bank and the Gaza in the 1970s.
Bader was the co-founder of the Association of Palestinian Artists in 1974. he was involved in the renovation of traditional gypsum windows with Al-Aqsa Renovation Committee in 1976; editor of the fine arts pages in Al-Fajr and Al-Quds newspapers from 1979-1981 also he founded the Gallery 79 in Al-Bireh/Ramallah in 1979, the only permanent art gallery in the West Bank at the time; the gallery was several times raided by Israeli forces, which also confiscated exhibited art work and eventually closed it down in 1980 on the ground that it lacked an operating permit. he was manager of the Traditional Industries Development Project at Birzeit University from 1983 to 1988,also founded the Arab handicraft company Al-Dar in Al-Bireh.
Created also murals for private and public buildings, incl. the bronze mural adorning the façade of the Ramallah Municipality and the murals at the Grand Park Hotel and the Al-Ayyam newspaper headquarters in Ramallah as well as donating murals for the Ramallah public hospital. He worked as consultant for the art activities of the Ministry of Culture in Ramallah; co-authored a book on Palestinian art (with Nabil Anani in 1983); died in Nov. 2003 in Ramallah.

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