Taysir Sharaf was born in Jerusalem in 1939. Sharaf has been an active member of the Palestinian art movement since 1980 and held the position of vice president of the Palestinian Artists League in 1998. During the 1948 Nakba, Sharaf moved to Alexandria with his family. He lived in Alexandria until he graduated from the University of Alexandria with a degree in business administration and returned to Jerusalem in the early 1960s.
A self-taught painter, he started his art practice in the early 1970s, after the 1967 war and the fall of the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Israeli occupation. Art was his way of expressing his rage and sense of defeat. His art productions ranged from collages, mixed media and oil, gouache, acrylic and watercolor paintings. He was known as the Jerusalem artist, as his hometown city occupied a central position in the themes of his paintings.
His first solo exhibition was organized in 1980 at the Jerusalem YWCA, after which he joined the League of Palestinian Artists. Over the course of two decades, Sharaf participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions organized in Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Qatar, Japan, Italy, Spain, Belarus, and the United States.
Selected solo exhibition locations include Dar al-Mashriq Gallery (Amman, Jordan, 2000); Khalil al-Sakakini Cultural Centre (Ramallah, 1996 and 1998); and Al-Hakawati Theatre (Jerusalem, 1994 and 1995). Group exhibitions include the Palestinian Artists Exhibition (Tunisia, 2000; Qatar, 2001; Madrid, Spain, 1993; Belarus, 1992; and Naples, Italy, 1991); The Earth (New York, US, 2000); and For You Jerusalem (Abu Dhabi, UAE, 1996).
Sharaf passed away in 2001.
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