b. Beirut, Lebanon , 1953
Jihad Abousleiman was born in Lebanon in 1953. At 20 years old, he started his studies in philosophy and fine art at the Lebanese University. Upon graduation, he gained a three-year study-abroad scholarship. He then moved to Paris and continued his training at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Art and also graduated in art history at the Sorbonne (cum laude). Abousleiman finally settled in Amsterdam, graduating also from the University of Amsterdam in 1985, with an art history degree. The artist is currently based in Amsterdam. His work has been shown in solo, as well as collective exhibitions in many cities around the world: namely Beirut, Amsterdam, London, Gothenburg (Sweden) and Amman.