Tala Hammoud Atrouni is a Palestinian artist from Lebanon who was born in Beirut in 1977. As a child, her love for art was expressed shyly. She often found herself busy with colourful crayons and paper. In Beirut, she was exposed to the city’s cosmopolitan society and vibrant culture. This exposure enriched her perspective on life.
She grew up admiring her father’s art of calligraphy, poetry, and drawings. Despite the lack of formal art exposure in her high school, her passion for fine art drove her to pursue her education in the field. After high school, in the fall of 1995, she enrolled in the school of fine arts at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. In addition to fine art classes, her dad advised her to enroll in ‘more practical courses in advertising so that she would earn a minor degree in the field and improve her chances of finding a job. She earned her Bachelor degree in July of 1998 with an award of excellence in the art of painting and sculpture.
A year later, she moved to San Francisco, California with her husband. This move has given her a new perspective regarding her future career. After working in the high tech industry for three years as a publishing team leader, she decided to continue her graduate studies and pursue a future in art. She attended the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco. In August 2005, she graduated with an MFA degree in illustration.
After living in San Francisco for 11 years, and Muscat for 4 years, She is currently living in Abu Dhabi, UAE.