Naji Al Ali

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Naji Al Ali
Naji Al Ali | Palestine - UK
(1936-1987)
 
Born in “Al Shajarah Village”, North Al Jaleel, Palestine 1936

Took a refuge along with his family in Lebanon and settled in “Ein Al Hilwa” camp near Saida 1948

Joined the technical department in one of the technical institutes and graduated in 1953

Joined the Lebanese Academy of Arts, but has not completed his study due to Police prosecution in 1960

We was acquainted with the left wing writer and journalist “Gassan Kanafani”, where Kanafani introduced him and published his first works in “Äl Hurriya - Liberty” Magazine in the year 1961

Left to Lebanon to Kuwait to work as an art director and cartoonist in Kuwaiti “Al Taleea Magazine” 1963, then in “Al Hurriya” Magazine 1963, Kuwaiti “Al Siyasah” 1969, “Al Safeer” Lebanese Newspaper 1974, Kuwaiti “Al Qabas” 1983, Jordanian “Sawt Al Shaab” 1983, and “Alqabas Al Dawliyah” London in 1985

Created his iconic child/witness on events character “Handala” in the year 1969

Contributed in the establishment of “Arab Caricature Union” and held the position of the Secretary General 1979

Exhibitions

  • Participated in joint Arabic Caricature Exhibitions in Beirut, Damascus and Cairo
  • Held his first personal exhibition in Kuwait 1985, afterward conducted numerous exhibition in various Arabic countries

Publications

  • “Naji Al Ali - Caricatures”, Al Safeer Books, 1976
  • “Caricature”, Arabic Information Center, 1983
  • “Caricature”, 1985

After his death, several of his albums were published

  • “Naji Al Ali in Cairo!”, Dar Al Mustaqbal Al Arabi o Sharqiyat, 1993 (Prepared by the Artist “MuhiAlDeen Al Labad”
  • “Naji Al Ali - the gift that didn’t reach yet”, Amman – Jordan 1997
  • “Naji Al Ali (1985-1987)”, Damascus – Syria 2008
  • “A Child in Palestine”, 2009

Prizes

  • First Prize in “Arab Caricatures” First Exhibition, 1979
  • First Prize in “Arab Caricatures” Second Exhibition, 1980
  • After his death “The International Newspapers Publishers” honors the artist and grants him “Golden Liberty Pen” award in 1988
  • Chosen by the “Asahi” Japanese Newspaper to be one of world’s 10 most famous cartoonists

His Death

He was assassinated by anonymous shooters while traveling to work in “Alqabas Al Dawliyah” in the United Kingdom capital London on Wednesday 22/07/1987, and was rushed to a local hospital where he remained till he passed away on Saturday 29/08/1987

Special Thank you to our friend Khalid Naji Al Ali who permited us to use the drawings of Naji Al Ali, noting that copyright for using these drawings belong to the family of Naji Al Ali

Naji Al Ali Gallery

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