Dena Matter was born in Gaza in 1985 and graduated from Al-Aqsa University with a BA in fine art and education. Her paintings have been included in exhibitions in Switzerland, France, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Gaza. Her works were previously exhibited in Occupied Space 2008, the opening exhibition at The Mosaic Rooms (London, UK, 2008). She is a member of the Eltiqa artists collective in Gaza City.
Despite her young age, she has participated in a large number of exhibitions and acted as a mentor to youth. Matter collaborated on several projects with European artists and participated in several local exhibitions and workshops in Gaza in cooperation with the A.M. Qattan Foundation, the French Cultural Centre, and other institutions. Her work was also displayed at the international exhibition Ghaza Seasons (Geneva, Switzerland). In 2012, she was selected to be an artist-in-residence at Cite internationale des arts in Paris.
Matter, who has lived with the profound challenges of Gaza, has the creativity to see beyond the walls and paint with such vibrant colors and a wild imagination that her work is reminiscent of Joan Miró’s and yet distinctly her own creation. Matter and many other artists living in Gaza are determined to produce fine art and to present it to the Gazan community. She has developed her own unique childlike style, which she considers to be a way to manipulate the sad surroundings of her reality and to represent it from a perspective that is full of hope and optimism rather than encumbered by dark and lifeless colors. Matter explains that through her art, she tries to rekindle positive feelings—her own as well as those of the people around her and those that view her art.
Matter is strongly influenced by Pablo Picasso’s Cubist style in the way she deals with the structures and lines within a space. Yet she manages to assert her originality by using extremely bright colors and her characteristic simple approach.
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