Hassan Manasrah

Hassan Manasrah is a visual artist, illustrator, and comic creator. Born in Jordan, he studied interior design at al Balqa Applied University and painting at The Jordanian Fine Art Center. He also studied printmaking at the Jordanian Fine Art Museum where he concentrated on lithography, etching zinc and copper, and lino- and mono-prints. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as Assistant Art Director for the animated cartoon series Pink Panther & Pals. Since 2010, he has illustrated 25 children books. In 2014, the book Why Not? was shortlisted for the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature for best illustration and made the White Ravens list. In 2016, he won an Etisalat Award for best illustration for the Palestinian edition of The Blue Pool of Questions.

His first solo exhibition, titled “Urban Mood” was mounted in 2006. From 2007 to 2019, Hassan Manasrah’s artwork was included in group exhibitions presented in Qatar, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Algeria, Spain, Germany and Switzerland.

Humanity always stands at the center of Manasrah’s narratives, driven by existential questioning. He sees his work as akin to a mirror, which derives its presence and energy from what it reflects. His process, while personal, is consciously planned in millions of ridiculous and important overlapping ways, from lines, curves, and colors, to faces, situations, and landscapes and is fuelled by his daily practice of drawing in his ever-present sketchbooks.

Acrylic paintings

Ink on paper

Lithograph on Paper

Sculpture and other works