Tayseer Barakat was born in Gaza in 1959 and completed his arts education in Alexandria in 1983. After completing his studies, he moved to Ramallah, where he has since been based. Barakat has worked with a variety media (wood, metal, and glass), but painting remains his first love. Barakat describes his work as “a mosaic of images,” which explores the recent uprisings, Palestine’s history, and his personal struggle with living under the occupation.
Barakat’s solo exhibitions have included the Sao Paulo Biennale (Brazil, 1996); The Number That Became a Name (Ramallah, 2006); Distant Voices, Zawyeh Gallery (Ramallah, 2014); The Gift Art Fair, Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art (Jerusalem, 2016); and Art Palestine: Nabil Anani, Sliman Mansour, Tayseer Barakat, Meem Gallery (Dubai, UAE, 2011). His group exhibitions include the Palestinian group show held at the Museum of Modern Art (Stockholm, Sweden, 1993); Palestinian Spring, Institut du monde arabe (Paris, France, 1997); Made in Palestine, Station Museum of Contemporary Art (Houston, TX, US, 2003); and Three Stories, Umm al-Fahm Gallery (2008).