01 Painting, MIDDLE EASTERN ART, With Footnotes - 33

Hosni Radwan
Church of Nativity, Bethlehem, c. 2018
Charcoal and gold leaf on canvas
44 3/10 × 41 9/10 in, 112.5 × 106.5 cm

The Church of the Nativity, also Basilica of the Nativity is a basilica located in Bethlehem in the Palestinian West Bank. The grotto it contains holds a prominent religious significance to Christians of various denominations as the birthplace of Jesus. The grotto is the oldest site continuously used as a place of worship in Christianity, and the basilica is the oldest major church in the Holy Land. More on The Church of the Nativity

Hosni Radwan was born in Baghdad in 1955. He studied fine arts at the University of Baghdad specializing in graphics. He held a number of solo exhibitions in Iraq, Lebanon, Cyprus, Japan and Palestine. Radwan took part in international biennales including those of Berlin, Cairo and Sharja. He left Baghdad in 1979 and headed to Beirut where he worked in graphic design and journalism while continuing to draw and paint using his talents to express his position vis-à-vis the cause of his people.

He has exhibited widely and his solo shows have been held in cities including Tunis (1993); Tokyo (1985); Nicosia (1983); Ramallah (2003 ,2002 ,1997, 2017); Baghdad (2001) and Kuwait (2008). Radwan currently lives and works in Ramallah. More on Hosni Radwan

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