Fawzy Nastas was born in Jerusalem in 1948, to a family known for producing generations of stone sculptors.  While an assistant to his father in renovation works at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, he met an Italian architect who admired his skills and assisted him in pursuing art education in Italy.  He studied for more than nine years at Brera Art Academy in Italy, receiving his PhD in 1972.

After returning home, Nastas joined the League of Palestinian Artists, and contributed in strengthening the national Palestinian memory and identity through sculptures, memorials and teaching. He taught art for more than twenty-five years in several places in Ramallah and Bethlehem, including Bethlehem University between 1984 and 1998.

Nastas is well known for his realistic and classical style. He enjoys making classical monuments and life-size figures, paying special attention to anatomy, small details and finite decorations. His artwork has made him famous in Palestine as well as abroad. He has designed and produced numerous memorials that are still in place in many Palestinian cities. He has participated in many exhibitions and sculpture festivals locally and globally, and received numerous awards, including first prize in the sculpture symposium Arte In Strada in Temù, Italy in 2008.

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Fawzi Nastas © 1972