Kamal Boullata was born in Jerusalem in 1942. He is a graduate of the Academia di Belle Arti in Rome (1961-65) and the Corcoran Art Museum School in Washington, DC (1968-71). Over the last four decades he has lived in the USA (1968-1992), Morocco (1993-1996), and France (1997-2012). Exhibitions of his art have been mounted in North America, Europe and the Arab world. 

His work is found in private and public collections including the British Museum, London; Darat al-Funun: the Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman; Patronato de la Alhambra Islamic Museum, Granada; Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah; Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Amman; New York Public Library, New York; Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Bibliothèque Louis Notari, Monaco; Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah; Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellow (1993 and 1994), he pursued field research on Islamic art in Morocco and Spain. With a Ford Foundation grant received in 2001, he conducted field research on post-Byzantine painting in Palestine. The author of four books on Palestinian art, he has edited a number of books on modern poetry and contemporary culture. In 2012-13, Kamal Boullata was elected as a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study in Berlin.