WF Artists : Samia Zaru

Samia Taktak Zaru


Born in Nablus, Palestine in 1938. She received a Ba degree of Art and education, American university of Beirut in 1958. She did her post-graduate studies at Corcoran School of art and design and at the American University of Washington D.C. In 1964. Samia Worked with sculptor Basbous and presented Art Education Specialist UNESCO/ UNRWA Seminars in Beirut, Lebanon. and Sana’a .Yamane.She has held several solo exhibitions and group exhibitions. In Beirut, Amman, London, Ramallah, china, Germany and Washington D.C.


In 2013 she received the  takreem award in  Bahrain for Outstanding cultural achievements in the Arab world.

As well as previously in Egypt, Kuwait, and  Iraq.

art  works  are  at  the  collection  of  the  world  bank  D.C, Vatican, Imperial court,   Jordan national gallery, Iraq international gallery. And  many  other countries ,and  on  the  staff  of  Petra  university  and  university  of  Jordan.

In addition to her art production, Samia Zaru believes in art expression as an important social and political forum and so began teaching at the UNRWA Amman Teacher Training Center. Even today, she constantly refers to herself as an educator. For years, Zaru also was involved in the supply side of art: recognizing that artists in Jordan needed consistent and quality sources of art supplies, she helped promote the art scene on another level.

There is always a new project in her mind, a new challenge.

In 1977,  in a journal: “As an artist she is well versed in many media … in her production, she reflects the internationalism of her training. She is talented and confident … to attempt the different tasks of monumental metal sculpture. She has chosen to portray her cultural heritage as subject matter … this is her choice, not her boundaries.”

Painting, sculpture, book illustration, weaving, paper and fabric design, costume, woodcuts, badges, emblems, book covers, murals — little escapes her creative production. Her works are structured and orderly, even when they seem like chaotic abstractions. Design is always important, as is texture and balance.

In her works, whether bold abstracts or structured cityscapes with their geographic/urban symbols, everything has a connection, a relationship to other images either by color or black line. She says: “Line, it is the line — and line makes the form, the substance, the design. In teaching, I tell my students there are more than three dimensions. The line from your eye to the piece is the fourth, the personal dimension. Line, it’s always the line.  The Form comes later.”

Murals and urban art are an important part of her art production. Her first mural (1964) was made for the Ramallah Training Center (Palestine) and depicted the students and their activities. Another mural (1966), made for the Ramallah municipality, was entitled “The Heritage of Palestine.” When she came to Amman in 1969, she created several murals, including those for the Amman Automobile Club (1969), the Sports City (1978), the Orthodox Club (1980), and much later (2005) for the Children’s Museum and Al Hussein Gardens.

Broad-brushed collage paintings proclaim her passionate convictions. She creates power-packed forms filled with color. Colors in her early palette are not primary but acid green, ochre, and yellow; later, blue and orange are predominant. “I was haunted by the Jerusalem theme in the 1970s,” she says of her subject matter. The early 1976-78 paintings of cityscapes, views of ‘Amman or Jerusalem, are stark with domes, arches, geometric buildings, and hills. The crescent moon and the cross — Muslim and Christian symbols — always appear in these compositions. “New Horizon” (1979), featuring a swirling impasto sun and made specifically for her family’s new home in ‘Amman, embodies the color, style, and energy of her early period. Early landscapes feature slabs of color, her fingers grooving texture into the paint.

Many figures and portraits are faceless, perhaps representing universal identity. An example is “Woman Seated in Repose” (oil on paper, 1959-60), done while a student at the Corcoran. Her figures seem abstract, outlined as if created in stained glass. They seem lost, searching, elongated, sexless.

Samia’s art is everywhere throughout her house. In July 2008  the creation of “Crosses,” a six-foot high acrylic was being watched, as she painted it in her kitchen. “This is my domain, the kitchen,” she explained. (A companion piece also was being worked on in her studio on the grounds of her family’s villa). From a blank canvas, she began at the upper left. Blocks of blue, yellow, and orange spread down the canvas to the bottom right. Lines of a figure appeared. Colorful roundels were manipulated, resembling chrysanthemums. Strokes were quick, decisive. Bold crosses finished the design. Belying this latest creation, she asked: “Painting is for lazy people … painting is always for the rich. Where is the energy?” Perhaps that is why, between 2005 and 2008, she has concentrated on murals and sculpture.

Her sculpture, “The Family” (Corten steel, 1976) is one of the first pieces of public art in ‘Amman, impressive at its site near ‘Amman’s Haya Center. Other sculptures in Jordan are at the National Gallery of Art and the Darat al Funun. Recently, she completed a 15-foot high sculpture, “Link I,” for the front of a communications building. The inspiration for this welded steel tower came from remembrance of an old Voice of America (VOA) poster with its radio waves circling, jabbing the air.

Samia Zaru continues to be inspired by former themes, returning to them often, but they constantly appear fresh. There is always a new project in her mind, a new challenge. I asked her family how they see her work today. Her husband, Nadim, said: “I know she can do anything she puts her mind to.” Her daughter, Maha, added: “Her recent work is different because the suffering is gone. It’s freer. It’s outrageous.”

Samia Zaru is many things: an artist, educator, cultural promoter, role model, and now matriarch, living in a home that is a showcase for her art, a refuge for her family — both children and grandchildren — and a studio for her creative passions.


Fine Arts Professional qualifications:

1957- Bachelor of Fine Arts, American University – Beirut-Lebanon.

1958 – American University Education Diploma – Beirut- Lebanon.

1958 – Graduate in the visual arts and sculpture.

1958 – Graduate in the arts (sculpture, drawing, ceramics, graphics and design.

1961 – The American University, Washington, United States

1961 – Fine Arts Academy Corcoran.D.C.U.S.A

1964 – specialized courses in the arts, and international relief agency, UNESCO, Lebanon

1964 – The specialized courses in sculpture, professional Basbous Lebanon

1983 – Participation in the workshop of the world sculpture – Trinity University – Dublin Ireland.

Some of incorporation and administrative bodies areas

1964 – The founding member: Fine Artists Association in Jerusalem, Palestine.

1973 – Founding Member: Royal Society of Fine Arts, Amman – Jordan.

1973 – Founding Member: Association of Fine Artists – Jordan.

1973 – Member of the founder: the Jordanian crafts – Member of the World complex character.

 1976 – Member of the founder of the Haya Cultural Center.

1980 Founding Member: Jordan National Gallery.

1980 – Founding Member: Conference of Arab children in Jordan.

1982 – Founder of Heritage Traditional Crafts Centre – Ministry of Social Development

1982 – Member of the National Consultative Council (the interim parliament)

1984 – Member of an administrative CCAMLR: SOS Children’s Village Association of Jordan

1993 – Member of the Committee Beauty Oman (GAM) 2004-2005.

Some areas of participation in advisory committees and experts:

1964 – The Department of Arts Institutes of teachers was established – the international relief agency Ramallah – Amman.

1976 – Expert visual arts curriculum – and the international relief agency and the Ministry of Education of Jordan / Ramallah / Oman

1980 – Member of the Technical Committee of the Jerash Festival of Arts and Culture.

1983 – Coordinator at the University of Kassel in Germany for the artists of the Islamic world.

1988 – Adviser to the development of traditional crafts / World Council of character.

1992 – Expert development and marketing of traditional crafts adviser: Export Corporation.

1992 – Member of the Committee on the development of the visual arts for all stages and the Ministry of Education curriculum Jordan.

1992 – Member of the Curriculum Committee to oversee the writing, visual arts schools and branches professional curricula of Jordan and the Ministry of Education Directorate.

1992 – Member of the Jury for the Visual Arts: Schuman Foundation, baccalaureate programs, Haya Cultural Centre, the Jerusalem Committee, the World Bniely children.

1996 – The World Bank project to the visual arts curriculum of the Arab world for all levels.

1996 – World Bank expert programs for the visual arts and crafts, the Republic of Yemen.

 1996 – The art of the development of the Palestinian arts and design curriculum

1999 – Member of the Committee of Five to develop tourism / Jordan.

1999 Chairman and coordinator of the rug conference in collaboration with the World Crafts Council and the Ministry of Tourism / Jordan.

2000 – Member of the Standing Committee of the National Office of Traditional Crafts / Ministry of Tourism Tunisia adviser.

2000 – The National Committee adviser / UNESCO, to activate the visual arts in the course of Education for the Arab States and Africa and the Red Sea.

2007 – Member of the Selection Committee of the pioneers and innovators in the Arab world.


Teaching, lectures and working papers:

   –1 966 minutes of education experts, and international relief agency, UNESCO, Beirut, Lebanon.

1978 – Lecturer: Faculty of Education, University of Jordan.

1983 – participant and lecturer at the Universal Forum of Sculpture Trinity University Dublin Ireland.

1983 – paper work and seminars about the visual arts / artists of the Islamic world’s Castle – Germany.

 1983 – Atlas of the minutes of the Conference of the character / Ismailia of Egypt.

1984 – lecturer teaching the arts in the Muslim world’s problems, the National Museum of Jordan Amman – Jordan.

1996 – 1990 – consultant and lecturer, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts University of Petra, Jordan (formerly Girls)

1996 – British certification exam IGCSC curriculum and curriculum for the Arts for the baccalaureate for the Arts, Platform for teacher training, and the relief agency, the Ministry of Education of Jordan.

1996 – the field of authorship own appointments for teachers in the arts and international relief agency.

1998 – worksheet: Arts problems in Palestine / Wasti Foundation – Ramallah.

1999 – Lecture: Research for Islamic History, Art and Culture Center (IRCICA) Organization of the Islamic world: Damascus.

1999 – Post worksheet World Council of crafts: Arts Council, the Arts Council of Malaysia and Beijing China.

1999 – UNESCO conference to document and marketing of craft production – Manila – Philippines.

2000 – Lecturer – Art Biennale and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture – Cairo.

2000 – Minutes of research for Islamic History, Art and Culture Center (IRCICA) – Tunisia.

2001 – Lecturer: Conference Women Artists of the Mediterranean basin – Beirut, Lebanon, Rhodes, Greece.

2002 – Post worksheet: Culture of Peace: Bosnia, Lebanon.

  2002 Minutes of the World Conference of the Arts in the Arab world – School Orient – Amman, Jordan.

2005 – The coordinator of the workshops in the visual arts for understanding between Europe and Jordan EEC programs.

2005 – Part-time Lecturer – Faculty of Arts and Design –Petra University of Jordan – Department of sculpture.



The field of design:

  • Design of children’s books with texts in Arabic – Macmillan Company – Britain.
  • design logos colleges of the American University – Beirut .tsamam and implementation of theater and fashion – band Albalbh / Madame Galina projects – Ramallah Festival – Jerash Festival.
  • Logo Design International Women’s Day, the Ministry of Social Development
  • Design a multi-book covers a variety of slogans.


Replies featured in group exhibitions:

  • National Museum of Jordan – Amman. Permanent collection
  • Spring shows: Jordanian Artists Association – Amman.
  • Municipality of Greater Amman – Amman.
  • Tehran Art Biennale second – third – Iran.
  • Saba Museum of Art – Iran.
  • Museum of Modern Art – Baghdad.
  • Museum of Modern Art Istanbul, Ankara, Poland.
  • UNESCO Palace Beirut – Lebanon – UNESCO Amman hall – Jordan.
  • Hannover World Expo 2000 – Germany.
  • Jordan’s Art Festival in the Arab countries – Qatar, Sharjah, oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Egypt.
  • Sharjah Art Museum.
  • The Vatican Gallery (Gift from the world president)
  • The white house 
  • Artists from the Arab world touring exhibits
  • “powers of Change” a traveling exhibition sponsored by the American Museum of Women of the earth Washington, Chicago, Miami, etc….
  • Women artists of the world: Beijing – China.
  • Project group: artists of the Islamic world / Castle – Germany Project Group.
  • Darat / Oman.
  • Deutsche Villa Foundation Cologne Germany
  • artists Mediterranean FAM Greece – Italy – Spain.
  • biennials Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • Ahlia University – Amman.
  • University of Petra, Amman.
  • Orfali Gallery.
  • Gallery of our country.
  • Gallery pulse.
  • Gallery Wadi Finan.


Some individual exhibitions: starting from 1957 up to 2010

2010 – Gallery Wadi Finan Oman – impressions of Jerusalem.

2006 Open studio plates, Nsejiat, Ironwork (the smelter and the operator).

2005 – Open studio, to design an integrated operator and Tnivjaddariaat of metal: the project of Greater Amman Municipality – Al-Hussein mural 34 square meters, mural star lye 18 square meters of Oman.

2004 – the ceremony (Semitic and Maha Zaru) paintings, sculptures, and Nsejiat, Oman,

2000 – the opening of the ceremony paintings, sculptures and Nsejiat – Amman.

 1999 – Arab Center for Culture and the Arts – an invitation from the Cultural Committee – Beirut Arab cultural capital of Lebanon.

1998 – Darat – Tnasibat sculptural – Byzantine ecclesiastical space – Amman.

1996 – Galleries unit, Sanaa, Yemen in 1996.

1995 – The Royal Cultural Center – Paintings from Jerusalem – Amman.

1994 – Darat – Tnasibat sculptural space – Amman.

1993 – Schuman Foundation paintings on wood and sculptural configurations.

1990 – Mobile tents and stones, Canada, Washington, Boston, Chicago Exhibition, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Kalamazoo, New York.

1989 – from Milan to Hiroshima, mobile mural gallery 0.6 meters.

1989 – Exhibition tents and stones, structural composition of builders, headquarters Nations body – Vienna New York, Washington, San Francisco, Kalamazoo, Toronto, Canada…

1988 – exhibition tents and stones, configure a construction on an area of ​​2000 square meters – Jordan Villa Rosa restaurant previously.

 –1,988 Jordan National Gallery / technical rally – Amman.

1986 – – Yarmouk University – art / paintings, sculptures march.

Gallery 1986 high – sculptures and paintings – Amman.

1985 – MAP Foundation Hall, London paintings and sculptures.

Gallery 1980 high – sculptures and paintings – Amman.

1978 – British Cultural Center, paintings and sculptures – Amman / Gallery percent for the second panel + panel.

1976 – Festival of the Muslim world – London paintings and sculptures celebrations.

1966 – American University Alumni Association – Jerusalem.

1966 – American University Alumni Association – Amman.

-1960 Gallery inch, paintings and sculptures – Beirut.

1957 – UNESCO Beirut Palace: Exhibition during the study at the American University percent first panel + panel exhibition.


Important awards and certificates of discretion:

1958 – UNESCO Appreciation Award for young artists – UNESCO Palace – Lebanon.

1976 – Gold – Contemporary Art America Medal.

1978 – Certificate of appreciation and the Ministry of Culture – Jordan.

1980 gold medal – Exhibition of Arab artists – Iraq.

1986 – Gold Medal – International Biennial Kuwait – Kuwait.

 1986 – Bronze Medal – International Cairo Biennale.

1986 – International Festival Silver World Medal for art – BAGHDAD – Iraq.

1992 – Medal of estimating the Association of Artists – Jordan.

1994 – Certificate of Appreciation Ministry of Culture – Jordan.

1996 – Certificate of Appreciation World Bank projects.

–1,999 Arbitration Shoman Foundation certificates.

–2,001 Certificates of appreciation Cairo International Biennale

–2,003 Certificates of appreciation Cairo International Biennale

  2004 – certificates of appreciation Cairo International Biennale

2006 – certificates of appreciation Cairo International Biennale

2006 – Certificate of Appreciation FAM – Greece.

2013 – Award honoring the Arab world – Bahrain


Projects in public locations:

  • mural 8 × 4 square meters Ramallah / Palestine Municipality Theater.
  • mural Industrial Development Bank – Amman.
  • carved from iron altitude 3 meters Haya Cultural Center / Oman.
  • colorful mural along the 35-meter pool, the Royal Automobile Club has been repainted white and remove color.
  • civilian Hussein colorful mural for young people 20 square meters has been removed.
  • mural of wrought copper 8 × 4 square meters of housing Oman Arab Bank of Jordan.
  • mural 5 × 4 meters City – Amman.
  • mural of cement and stained glass 12.5 × 4.5 square meters Orthodox Club – Amman.
  • Project Hussein mural gardens from a variety of metals represent the people of the country.
  • Project Hussein, a prominent mural of a variety of metals Gardens represents star lye.

Iron sculptures – good city roundabout Hussein and Al-Hussein Gardens.


Lectures | WADI Finan Art Gallery

Samia Zaru & Said Haddadin

Samia Zaru and Said Haddadin came together to speak of their challenges during their art path and career. This lecture was conducted for an audience, which consisted of IB students from the Ahlia School for Girls (ASG). They spoke of their struggles and conquests throughout their life as artists in the Middle East. Samia, a pioneer woman in the arts, she is Palestinian and studied in the American University in Beirut and is very well known for her large scale metal sculptures. As for Said Haddadin, he is a Jordanian artist who studied in the USSR year 1974, he is known for his abstracted portraits.