Born 1942, Jerusalem, Palestine
Kamal Boullata is a painter and writer presently living in Menton, France. He studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Rome from 1961–65, graduating with a diploma in fine art. Boullata pursued further studies at the Corcoran School of Art, Washington, DC, from 1968–71, where he received an MFA. He has received numerous awards, artists’ residencies and research grants including the Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to research Islamic art in Morocco, in 1993 and 1994, and the Ford Foundation Research Grant, New York, to research the origins of painting in Palestine (1740–1940), in 2001. Boullata’s pioneering studies on Palestinian art were the subject of three books of his and his writings on classical and contemporary Arab art and culture have been published in exhibition catalogues, anthologies and academic journals.
Boullata’s paintings, silkscreens, and livres d’artiste have been exhibited in the US, France, and Middle East. His art is found in private and public collections including the British Museum, London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; New York Public Library, New York; Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman; Alhambra Islamic Museum, Granada; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; Bibliothèque Louis Notari, Monaco and Museum of Modern Arab Art, Doha. Calligraphic art ornamenting architectural monuments he conceived include the bas-relief frieze of a Qur’anic verse surrounding the frontal sides of Bait al-Qur’an in Manama, Bahrain.