Abed Abdi is an Arab Palestinian painter, graphic designer, sculptor, and art lecturer.
Abdi worked as a blacksmith and illustrated Arabic publications. After studying in Dresden, Abdi became the first Palestinian to build monumental art on native soil. His allegorical monuments in the Galilee, honoring human fortitude and resistance, include a narrative mural depicting Elijah’s defiance and survival.
Abdi held his first exhibition in Tel Aviv in 1962. He then pursued academic studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Dresden. His masterwork at the academy received second prize, which allowed Abdi to spend another year at the academy and specialize in murals and environmental sculpture. In 1972 he returned to Palestine and worked as a graphic designer for a number of Arabic-language publications, taught in the arts field, and designed murals. The city of Haifa awarded Abdi the Hermann Struck Best Artist of the Year prize in 1973. That year, he also obtained the Young Artist’s Award at the Berlin International Youth Festival. The city of Haifa awarded him the Hermann Struck prize for a second time in 1999.
Abdi has erected a number of memorial monuments and murals: in 1976, a bronze sculpture to commemorate Land Day; in 1984, the memorial to commemorate seventy-five years for the existence of the Galilean municipality of Shefa Amr. In addition, he has painted a number of murals in Haifa, Jaffa, and Nazareth.
Abdi has exhibited in Qatar, Israel, Palestine, Belgium, and Bulgaria. He has participated in over forty-five group exhibitions, among them the joint Palestinian-Israeli exhibition It’s Possible, which toured the United States and Germany between 1988 and 1990. In 1995, he participated in a second exhibition for Palestinians and Israelis in Germany. His work appeared in the Solidarity with the Palestinian People exhibit in Berlin, Tokyo, Brussels, Belgrade, and Athens. He also organized and participated in exhibitions with Israeli and Palestinian artists in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and West Jerusalem in the period between 1980 and 1987, defending freedom of expression and creativity.
Abdi is an active member of the Haifa branch of the Israeli Association of Painters and Sculptors, as well as the Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Cultural Center. This has enabled him to unite Palestinian and Israeli artists and organize joint exhibitions, bringing the prospects of peace closer. Abdi founded the Ibdaa Association for the Advancement of Visual Arts among Israeli Arabs and Arabelle—Visual Arts Workshop in Haifa, an association for deepening the dialogue between Arabs and Jews through the arts. Abdi is president of Al Midan Theater in Haifa. He has been teaching fine arts in the Arab Pedagogical College in Haifa since 1985.
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