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Sami Zubi

Sami Zubi

Sector : Cultural Figures , Artists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence : Palestine
  • Gender : Male
  • Born in : 1956
  • Age : 60
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Sami Zubi of Palestinian origin, was born in Nazareth in 1956. From a poor family, he became conscious at a very young age of social injustices, in particular the oppression of women and the tensions that were tearing apart his country. At the same time, he progressively distanced himself from a traditionalism that tended to reject Western art. The fashioning of various materials, the creation of images and observation of statues brought him a certain peace of mind: I could feel that there was something else, an alternative to anger, to dissatisfaction, to real life.

As a young adult, he dreamed of leaving for a foreign country in order to get out of the world he knew and to enlarge his artistic horizons. Sponsored by his sister, he arrived in Toronto in 1978. Once the culture shock had passed, he began to study sculpture at the Ontario College of Art (1980–84) and became a furniture designer. Thirteen years later, he moved to Canada's capital city with his family, and studied for a Bachelor's degree in arts from the University of Ottawa (1996). Less strictly technical, this new training allowed him to discover his own style.
 
For his sculpted works, he favours cement, wood, acrylic resin, plaster and the integration of photographs, while paying particular attention to the linearity, structure and surface of his pieces. He is inspired by artistic works that he rediscovered during his trips to Jerusalem, like the old gates with Islamic motifs, but also by certain symbols and ornamental elements of Arab culture. Art represents for him, not only a means of expressing social and cultural preoccupations, but also a powerful instrument for social and political change.
 
Sami Zubi has participated in many exhibitions in the Palestinian Territories and Canada.



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