Steve Sabella was born in 1975 in Jerusalem. Sabella studied art photography at the Jerusalem School of Photography and New Media and holds a BA in Visual Arts from the State University of New York as well as an MA in Photographic Studies from the University of Westminster and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in London. Sabella uses photography and photography installations as his principle modes of expression and is currently based in Berlin.

 

Sabella visualizes the particularities of a personal and socio-political context deeply grounded in the Palestinian tragedy with a sophisticated globalized artistic vocabulary. Whether personal and abstract or conceptual and pictorial, Sabella's aesthetically refined surfaces have the uncanny ability to seduce the viewer into investigating and question the complex issues perpetuating the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the human condition in general. Embracing concepts of demography and geography, identity and identification, reality and hyper reality, ideology and above all, the psycho-geography of exile in all its permutations, his oeuvre also proffers radical solutions to the chronic conflict - solutions which, given the current political climate, find little space to flourish outside of the art world.

In 2008 Sabella was awarded Ellen Auerbach Award granted by the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and was one of the commissioned artists for the inauguration of MATHAF Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha. Steve Sabella's artworks have been collected by the British Museum in London, Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Ars Aevi museum in Sarajevo and leading collectors in the Middle East including Cuadro Fine Art in Dubai, Salsali Private Museum and Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah.

 

A monograph is currently being prepared in collaboration with the Akademie der Künste in Berlin that will review his life and artistic career from the early 1990s.