Born in the village of Musmus near Umm El Fahm in 1981, Fouad Agbaria is one of the most prominent young Palestinian artists working today. Agbaria is a fine arts graduate and an award-winning student. He attained a bachelor’s degree from Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem in 2004 and a master’s degree from Haifa University in 2014.
Since completing his undergraduate degree, Agbaria has painted prolifically often experimenting with different styles, techniques and media including charcoal, oil, acrylic and lithography. His catalogue of work to date has dealt with many themes associated with the Palestinian narrative, identity and memory. He has participated in over 20 group exhibitions and has held several solo shows.
In a series of oil paintings, once again Agbaria journeys to his early childhood and life in his home village. Exquisite Post-Impressionist style paintings depict simple rural pastimes, much of which have been lost but remain foremost in Agbaria’s memory. The classic Palestinian symbol of the cactus – or Sabra – is central to Agbaria’s work and his latest paintings are homage to Palestinian survival and rebirth.