Born in Rafah Camp, Gaza, 1976.
Zurob moved to Nablus in 1994, before he graduated with a B.A. in Fine Arts at Al-Najah University in 1999. He then settled in Ramallah until 2006, where he received a grant for a residency in Paris at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Hani was unable to return to his homeland after that. He lives in France today, creating works that explore a state of exile, waiting, movement and displacement – his work presents Palestine through a personal perspective and conceptual context that transcends borders and geography – concepts that remain close to the painter’s heart.
“Hani’s practice provides an important voice in contemporary Palestinian Culture, as well as a significant contribution to the creation of an Arab Aesthetic. Ultimately though, while Zurob’s Art gives powerful expression to the Palestinian collective experience, it can also be seen in the context of more universal themes of personal identity and embraces humanity beyond the Palestinian context”.
– Black Dog Publishing, London 2012
Hani Zurob participated in numerous international solo exhibitions in Paris, London, Atlanta, Marrakech, Doha and Rabat, as well as group exhibitions and artistic venues in Europe and worldwide. Including but not limited to: The Map is Not the Territory at the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn, MI; Insoumission, International Exhibition at the Musée de la Palmeraie in Marrakech (2014); and as a Guest Artist at the Dak’Art 2014 – 11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain at the Musée Théodore Monod de l’IFAN in Senegal. He also participated in Le Corps découvert, Contemporary Arab Art at the Arab World Institute in Paris (2012); Palestine: La création dans tous ses états which was held at the Arab World Institute in Paris (2009), and later at The National Museum of Bahrain (2009); Paris – Damas: regards croisés, which was organized by Europia Productions, at the Arab World Institute (2008), and at the National Museum of Damascus (2009); Made in Palestine at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Huston, Texas (2003); The 11th International Cairo Biennale (2008); and the Still Life Symposium at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, United Kingdom (2008).
Zurob staged many solo exhibitions in Palestine. He was a finalist at the A. M. Qattan Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year Award in Ramallah (2002). Zurob was also granted the Bourse et Prix Renoir in 2009.
His work is found in private and public collections at the Arab American National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn, Michigan; the Williamsburg Art & Historical Centre in New York; the Association Renoir, France; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Mairie de Paris, Hôtél de Ville, Paris; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Contemporary Art Platform (CAP), Kuwait; A. M. Qattan Foundation, London-Ramallah; the Birzeit University Museum collection, Birzeit, Palestine; the Ramzi Dalloul Collection, Lebanon; and the George Michael Al Ama Collection, Palestine.
A monograph tracing the development of his work, Between Exits: Paintings by Hani Zurob by Kamal Boullata was published by Black Dog Publishing, London, November 2012.
Hani was listed by The Huffington Post as one of ten ‘International Artists to Watch’ in 2013.