Ziad Abillama studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Amherst College, US. Abillama states that he was reborn in the US during the first Gulf War in 1991. After returning to Lebanon in 1992, he has been highly active in the Contemporary Art scene.
His early works consist of installations and interventions that may be considered as a relentless unlearning of his privileges. Deceived by the over-politicization of Lebanese youth, he drew back from politics in art and returned to sculpture and design.
His work plays a highly significant role in representing Cotemporary Art from the Middle East, which led to his participation in the largest Pan-Arab show of Contemporary Art ‘The Future of a Promise’ at the 54th Biennale of Venice in June 2011.