Sulafa Hijazi

Born in Damascus, Syria, Sulafa Hijazi is a Visual artist, Director and Producer based in Berlin, Germany. She studied at the Higher Institute of the Dramatic Arts in Syria where she majored in dramatic studies, and at the Städelschule Art Academy in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany, under Judith Hopf.

In 1997, alongside her artwork, Sulafa began working professionally as a writer and director of animation TV series and other film and media production, with a particular focus on children’s education and social development. She was a member of the founding team of Spacetoon, the first free-to-air Arabic satellite channel for children launched in 2000 and, since 2012, she has been a board member of the International Center of Films for Children and Young People (CIFEJ). Sulafa has received more than 12 awards for her work, among them the golden prize (Hollywood, Russia, India, Cairo, Iran) for her latest feature animation The Jasmine Birds.

At the beginning of 2010 she established Blue.dar, a digital art production house. Hijazi’s artworks and illustrations have been exhibited in several galleries in Europe and featured in social media newspapers and internet websites. Items of her artwork have been acquired by the British Museum in London, Barjeell Art Foundation in Sharjah, and International Media Support (IMS) In Copenhagen.