Ayman Essa lives and works in Gaza. He obtained his BA in Fine Arts, specializing in Photography, from Al-Najah University in Nablus in 1999 and holds an MA from Helwan University in Egypt. His distinct colour palette comprised of mainly blue, red and pinkish hues, define his bold large-scale figurative paintings series. Focusing solely on the female form, Essa’s works are recognisable through their exaggerated, curvaceous forms and at times coquettish gestures. He has participated in several group exhibitions including The Path at Dar Al-Karameh Hall in 1999 and the Red Crescent Society in Gaza in 2001. His work has also been exhibited internationally, including the Biennial for Young Artists in Rome in 1999 and the We Will Become exhibition (2004-5), which involved 10 artists travelling from Gaza to several cities in France.