Steve Sabella

1975 · State of Palestine

Artist biography

Finding new avenues to explore rhythm and pattern in his work, Palestinian artist Steve Sabella has earned international renown for the ways in which he can make such theoretical compositions so incredibly compelling.

Stripping his works of narrative and instead making the richness of repeated pattern the main focus of his work, Sabella pulls the viewer into the incredibly array of networks and associations that weave together in each composition. Echoing the rhythms of our modern world, Sabella’s work reminds us of the simultaneous minutiae and expanse of our existence.

Born in Jerusalem in 1975, Sabella achieved a degree in photography from the Musrara School of Photography and then went on to complete a BA in Visual Studies in 2007 from the State University of New York - Empire State College. His educational capstone was the pursuit of an MA at the University of Westminster in London in 2008. Today, Sabella is based in Berlin and has achieved recognition for both his writing and his art. He published the first monograph of his photography, Sabella. Photography 1997-2014, in 2014, the same year he was feted with several solo exhibitions of his work. Recent showcases of his work include “View From Inside” at the FotoFest Biennial, Houston (2014); “Nel Mezzo del Mezzo” at the Museo Riso, Palermo (2015); and “titled Fragments From Our Beautiful Future” at the Bumiller Collection in Berlin (2017). In addition, his work has been acquired by numerous notable international collections ranging from the Salsali Private Museum in Dubai to the British Museum in London.

Steve Sabella

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