The Palestinian Ministry of Culture has mourned Palestinian artist Mohammad Joulani who died on Friday at the age of 37, saying “his passing constitutes a loss for the Palestinian artistic and cultural scene.”
Born in 1983, Joulani studied fine arts at Al Quds University in the town of Abu Dis.
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In 2011, he returned to Al Quds University to teach visual arts until 2013. Between 2016 to 2018, he worked at the century-old Friends Boys School in Ramallah.
In 2016, he received the Ismail Shamout Award, which celebrates Palestinian art.
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Primarily a painter, Joulani created works that depicted his hometown of Jerusalem and often drew himself or an anonymous human figure as his subject as a way to describe contemporary Palestinian issues.
His local community initiatives involved painting the rooftops and walls of Jerusalem, particularly in the Old City. These murals were often rendered in eye-catching colors and interlocking geometric shapes, as well as references to the Palestinian landscape.
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