Title: Wall of Gaza: Target
Size: 37.5" x 59.5"
Al-Shawa was born in Gaza, Palestine, and studied at the School of Art Leonardo Da'Vinci, Cairo, Egypt. She received her B.A. in fine arts with honors from Academia de Belle Arte, Rome, Italy. Also studying at Academia St. Giaccomo in Rome, she earned a diploma in Plastic & Decorative Arts. She took summer courses under Austrian expressionist Oscar Kokoschka at the School of Seeing in Salsburgh, Austria.
She worked as supervisor for Arts & Crafts Education with UNRWA in the Gaza Strip while at the same time lecturing on Art Education for children with UNESCO Institute of Education. Then moving to Beirut, she worked as full time professional painter and children's books illustrator. From 1977-1988 al-Shawa worked with the Saad Mohaffel Chartered Architects practice on the building of the Cultural Center and executed the stained glass windows for the project, after which she moved to London and resumed work as a full-time artist exploring various techniques and mediums.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: The Library, SOAS, University of London, 1994; The Gallery, London, 1992; The National Art Gallery, Amman, 1990; L'antiquaire Gallery, Beirut, 1975; Sultan Gallery, Kuwait, 1972; Dar Tunis Gallery, Beirut, 1971; The Vendom Hotel, Beirut, 1970; The Book Centre Gallery, Beirut, 1968; and Marna House, Gaza, 1965.