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Monif Ajaj is a contemporary painter of the figure from Syria. Monif Ajaj was born in Deir ez-Zor, Syria in the year 1967. Ajaj has worked as a children’s book illustrator.

Monif Ajaj studied art in Minsk at the Belarus Academy of Fine Arts.

The artist has taught at the Faculty of Fine Arts located in Damascus.

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Ajaj was among the first artists to depict the protest of the people against the Syrian government.

In this clip we visit an exhibition featuring Ajaj. This clip also includies a brief interview:

The artist relocated to France in 2012. Ajaj still works hard to pursue his dream of peace through out all of Syria.

Street art is a great way to express poor feeling about government. Monif Ajaj brings to mind the great printmakers and illustrators of the past, such as the great French artist Honore Daumier, who brought their unhappiness with their leaders and government into their artwork.One work by Daumier showed a dog peeing on a sign for a government official he didn’t like!