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Manhal Issa is a French artist of Syrian origin, from the Mediterranean city of Tartous, born November 24th,1969. Manhal Issa has been painting since he was a child. At the age of 12 he gradually started to lose his eyesight until the age of 15 when he almost became blind. At the age of 18 and 19 he had surgery on both eyes in Russia, and thanks to a cornea transplant in both eyes he regained his sight. Manhal Issa describes this event as a rebirth. His ability to see the shades of color returned. Afterwards, he pursued a degree in Fine Arts and graduated with honors from Damascus University in 1995, where he majored in Painting. Manhal Issa was determined to make up for the time lost because of his eyesight. Arriving in France in 2000, he began creating sculptures with found objects; it helped him to overcome his fear of blurriness in his paintings. In 2003 he received his second diploma after graduating with honors from Versailles School of Art in “sculpture”. In 2004, he began to work with Video Art. At the same time he continued to paint and arrange several exhibitions of paintings and videos in France and abroad where he received several awards. In 2008, he earned a Masters degree in “Plastic Arts and New Media” from Paris VIII University. His pictorial vision of the human figure remains coherent and is based on a body in rapid motion which often appears as a human being or a wild animal jumping. Manhal Issa lives in Paris, he continues creating his art in these three domain