Minhal Al Halabi
Born October 20th 1971 in Maj-del, a small village in the mountains of the Golan Heights, Minhal has spent much of his adult life looking for somewhere to settle free of political unrest.
From an apple orchardist’s family and one of nine children, finding something to paint on was sometimes difficult, so Minhal had to sometimes resort to firewood as his canvas. When the cold came the Artwork was burnt for warmth.
At 18, Minhal studied for a year at an art institute in Russia. The political unrest there was similar to Israel’s, so from there, he returned to his village to paint murals inside houses.
Minhal then travelled to South Africa and continued painting murals. After spending some time in Capetown, his attention was drawn to New Zealand. Finally finding a country that was free war, Minhal seems to have settled in Queenstown.
Minhal has done private commissioned murals and sculptures, including one of William Rees, the founder of Queenstown, which is in the Mall at the Lake front there. He has supplied Fisher Fine Arts Gallery in Auckland with his paintings, and currently has work in Auckland’s Parnell Gallery. He was commissioned to do a life size bronze statue “Race to the sky”, dedicated to Possum Bourne, among other sculptures.
Minhal had his first solo exhibition in northland at Kaan Zamaan in 2005, and has continued to supply the gallery with new work on a regular basis. He has recently finished a sculpture of Les Harvey in Parnell and his bronze “Shreik” was unveiled last year.
Minhal is back from Valencia Spain , where he was working on some commissions . I am awaiting new works by Al Halabi , which he will bring with him on his upcoming visit to Kerikeri.
The paintings below are still available at Kaan Zamaan.
Minhal is coming to work on site in the gallery from June 14 – 17. Please do come and see him painting , all welcome !