The land is smaller than a battlefield, but has enough space for all the people to live in peace.
Let the art and love be our common language. —Maher Naji
After his family fled from northern Sawafer village, Maher Naji was born in 1963 in Jabalaya refugee camp, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He went to Russia in 1983, where he earned a B.Sc. in art and a Ph.D. in architecture at the Baron Stieglitz Academy of Art and Architecture in St. Petersburg. During his stay in Russia, Naji participated in numerous art exhibitions.
Since returning to Gaza in 1994, Naji has continued his career as an artist, exhibiting his paintings at various art festivals, galleries, and other venues.