Born 1943, Latrun, Palestine
Nabil Anani studied fine art at the Fine Arts College in Alexandria and Islamic Archaeology at Al-Quds University, Jerusalem. He has held solo exhibitions in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gaza City, Cairo and London. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including the Palestinian Art Festival, Moscow (1986), It’s Possible, National Museum, Washington, DC (1995), Artists of the Occupied Lands, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman (1999), and The Colors of Life and Freedom, UNESCO, Paris (2004). His awards include the State of Palestine Award in Fine Arts (1997), and The King Abdullah of Jordan Award in Fine Arts for the Middle East (shared with Egyptian artist George Bahjuri, 2006).
Anani’s work focuses on the symbolism of the olive tree, a major component of Palestine’s landscape. For him, the destruction of the olive tree by Israeli forces parallels the plight of the people living under the occupation.