monograph, edited by Oksana Salamatina, essays by Charles A.Riley and John Cauman
Milan, Italy, 2016
Born in Syria and raised in the US, Mousa incorporates the cultural tensions of both countries into his practice, combining them with his own personal convictions.
Using color in unexpected ways, Mousa lets intuition and affect guide his oeuvre. His work is always framed by hope for greater equality, no matter how naive or impossible that might seem in the face of ever-challenging political and religious difference.
John Cauman, independent scholar, has written the catalogue essay Inheriting Cubism: The Impact of Cubism on American Art 1909-1936, for the Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York; “Henri Matisse, 1908, 1910, and 1912: New Evidence of Life” for the exhibition Modern Art and America: Alfred Stieglitz and His New York Galleries at the National Gallery, Washington; and “Henri Matisse’s Letters to Walter Pach” for the Archives of American Art Journal. He is co-curator of the upcoming exhibition, Matisse and American Art at the Montclair Art Museum, to open in February 2017.
Oksana Salamatina is founder and owner of the Salamatina Gallery in New York.
Nabil Mousa (b. 1966) is a sculptor, painter, and installation artist. His work focuses on the often fraught relationships between sexual identity, politics, and religion, manifest from personal, lived experience. Selected exhibitions include Mousa Retrospective and Dreams, both at Salamatina Gallery, Atlanta (2015); Judgment Day 911, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh (2012); and Catwalk Meets Canvas, High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2010). His work is part of many notable public and private collections including GLAAD, New York, and the Buckhead Club, Atlanta.