Visual artist, May Murad was born in 1984 in Gaza, Palestine, She currently lives and works in Paris. After studying Fine Arts at Al-Aqsa University in Gaza, she graduated there in 2006.

In December 2018, she arrived in France as a refugee and embarked on an artistic journey that began with a residence of several months at the Cité internationale des arts, with the support of the Welfare association.

This first residency allowed her to pursue her work in France for a year with the Dufraine Foundation, owned by the Académie des Beaux-arts à Chars , from 2019 to 2020.

In 2021, she returned to the Cité internationale des arts thanks to the support of the City of Paris for the preparation of her “Virtual Reality” exhibition.

May Murad is also a member of the association "Artists in Exile". 

She is currently preparing a master's degree at the Sorbonne Nouvelle Université in geopolitics of art and culture, where she deals with contemporary Palestinian art in times of crisis.

May carried on her artistic work paying special attention to the development of drawing and painting techniques. The aesthetic vision she has is inspired by her personal experiences as an artist who had lived in Gaza and today is settled in France; in exile. Her artistic experiences take her through the elaboration of various projects.

We are witnessing a personal account about life in exile, an artist’s life experiencing an unfamiliar world and land of refuge that needs henceforth to be adapted to feel home. This artistic project is perfectly aligned with May’s vision that seeks to incorporate art in reality and ordinary life, it also has its fully coherent place in a continuum that reflects the creative research field the artist has been working on for a few years now and whom she entitled “Virtual Reality”. This ambitious quest has given rise to numerous exhibitions, amongst which ranked the following ones:


  • Paris, July - September 2021, Individual exhibition, “Virtual reality”, Cité internationale des arts

  • Paris, July- August 2021, Collective exhibition "" LEITMOTIV ", Galerie La La Land

  • Lyon, IRL é RL June 2021 - July 2021, Group exhibition, Musée d'Art Contemporain de Lyon (macLYON). 

  • Paris, November 2020 – February 2021, Group Exhibition, « From a confinement to another », Visions of Exile Festival at Pavillon Carré de Baudouin

  • Paris, October 2020 – December 2020, «World Colors » at the Institute of Arab World - l'Institut du Monde arabe

  • Paris, August 2019, Individual Exhibition « Wall and Soul Messages », Digital Residence, Europia Gallery, 

  • Paris, July 2019, « Correspondance #3 », Cité internationale des arts

  • Michigan, USA, 2019, « Artists of the Arab Migration », Black Box Gallery, Michigan, USA

  • USA 2019, « Mitli Mitlak », Central Michigan University Art Gallery

  • Paris 2018, Participation in Mural Fresco with other 240 artists, Institute of Arab World -  Institut du monde arabe

  • USA 2018, Mitli Mitlak », N’NAMDI Center for contemporary art, Michigan, 

  • Ramallah 2017, « Home Homes », Bethlehem 2018, « Transitions »

  • Belgium 2016, Participation in White Night Festival, Brussels, « Art For Hope »

  • Dubaï 2016, Orient Gallery, « This is also Gaza »

  • Sharjah 2014, « Musical Spectrum », Arab Cultural Club