BIOGRAPHY: FAWZY ELEMRANY, ARTIST
After high school in Gaza, Elemranry joined the Faculty of Fine Arts at the An-Najah National
University in Nablus in 1987. He graduated in 1994; after which Elemrany worked as a organizer
for the Christian Youth Society
While creating art in his studio, Elemrany was also an art lecturer at the Fine Art Academy,
An-Najah University in Nablus in the Westbank, Palestine
Determination to enrich and refine his artistic experience fueled Elemrany’s journey. After his first
successful art exhibition in the city of Gaza at the Rashad Shawa Cultural Center, Elemrany joined
the postgraduate program at the prestigious Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design.
Elemrany spent his postgraduate years experimenting in painting fields. He held an exhibition
for all of these experiences. The German Expressionism art movement, which had an influential
role in the artistic production of the urban artist, influenced Elemrany’s paintings as well.
He continued to grow as an artist as he lived in Germany until 2011, where he participated in many
exhibitions and international art events. In 2011, Elemrany moved to Zürich, Switzerland and started
a family. He is married and has two children: Salma 7 years old, and Jakob 4 years old.
In addition to making art Elemrany worked at Mathilde Escher Stiftung, a charitable organisation
caring for patients with Duchenn muscular dystrophy.
ARTIST’S STATEMENT FOR SELF INTERPRETATION EXHIBIT
Self Interpretation is an exhibit of artworks in a series of oil paintings, which I began working
on in 2016. In the last seven years, I have focused on producing paintings on large surfaces.
The approach that I selected follows the school of “Realistic Symbolism”.
My childhood in Gaza instilled in me a feeling for the deep connection between people
and the environment. This feeling permeates my current life experiences and relations.
It informs my sense of self-awareness and my maturity as an artist.
Self Interpretation is an attempt to both remember my past and to reconstruct my arc
of self-discovery. The exhibit reveals my past, my relations to others, and my
experiences of changing environments.
The almost-reality presentation of my artwork derives from my background and my memories.
At the same time, it demonstrates the cultural influences that affect my values.
My work is an attempt to interpret my memories in juxtaposition
with my current experiences