Hanaa Malallah studied Fine Art in Baghdad with an emphasis on graphics and painting. In 2005 her thesis concerning the logic order in Mesopotamian drawing gained her a PhD in the Philosophy of Painting. She has taught and lectured widely at a several faculties of the University of Fine Arts in Baghdad. At the end of 2006 she left Iraq for an artist residency at the Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris and from there followed the call of a fellowship offered by SOAS in London in 2008. She held a fellowship at the Chelsea College of Art in London from 20111 to 2013, currently, and temporarily, she works as associate professor at Royal University for Woman (RUW) in Bahrain and concentrates on researches. Her work graces numerous private collections, art centres and museums, including the Centre for Modern Art, Baghdad, the Jordan National Museum Amman, The British Museum, Imperial War Museum/ London, The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, The Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah, Ramzi Dalloul Foundation/ Beirut.
Hanaa Mallalah is internationally acclaimed for her material-focused practice and her philosophical/spiritual explorations into the nature of being and not being. She lives and works in London, but now work temporarily in Bahrain at Royal University for Women (RUW).