Throughout his career, the artist participated in a series of foreign art exhibitions in Morocco, Egypt, Jordan and France. In the 1970s he worked alongside Palestinian artist Mona Saudi on international group exhibitions in Beirut, then moved to Tokyo before returning to Beirut and exhibiting paintings destroyed by warplanes bombed during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in June 1982.
Salwa Mikdadi, a prominent professor of Arab art at New York University Abu Dhabi, remembers the artist with a "congenial and positive spirit which served him well in the face of the adversity over years of exile from his native city of Safad (...) he had an exceptional skill in the use of colour, whether in his abstract expressionist paintings or in his more recent watercolour landscapes, and Safad was always present in his paintings. He will be missed by his many friends in the art world.”
Samir Salameh died in 2018 at the age of 74 in Paris.
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