Ali Al Bebas - A Miracle
A bright young Libyan
woman from Janzour city Zahra Ali Al bebas was born in 1971 with
disability to her arms, but her disability did not stop her from achieving
what other normal people couldn't. Zahra loves the art of painting
and started painting with her feet at a younger age then switched
to painting with her mouth, she spent a tremendous amount of time
in hospitals being hospitalized for her disability, and that caused
her to begin attending school in a later age, but with the help and
support of her family and friends Zahra graduated from high school
and attended the faculty of Arts at Al Fatah University in Tripoli
majoring in painting and photography. In the year 2000 Zahra achieved
what she wanted, and earned a bachelor degree in arts, and now attending The
Academy of Graduate Studies in Janzour City
preparing for her master degree in arts.
Zahra had received a numerous awards and honored with recognition
from several foreign presidents, and from organizations inside and
outside Libya. She attended a large number of exhibits and competitions,
below is a list of some of the exhibits and competitions:
* Fist place prize winner at Jamaheriya female competition.
* Center for the help of the handicapped in 1992.
* Tripoli radio friends club in 1995.
* University of Al Fatah faculty of the arts in 1998.
* University of Al Fatah faculty of the arts in 1999.
* University of Al Fatah faculty of the arts in 2002.
* United Kingdom - Tripoli exhibit in 2001.
* The handicapped day in Tunisia in 2001.
* The handicapped day in Tunisia in 2002.
* UNESCO exhibit - France in 2002.
Zahra used oil for her paintings, and her choice of subjects and the
use of colors resembles the paintings of Van Gogh. In her recent paintings
Zahra seems to be influenced by cave rock paintings such as in Taseely
and Okakus, and in this regard she said it’s a Libyan art at
first and second it’s African art, and she’s trying to
revive this type of art in a modern style that will be presented to
the whole world.
Ali Al Bebas painting with a brush in her mouth