Manhal Issa

Born – Tartous, Syria and now lives and works in Paris
1995 – Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus, Syria
2003 – Graduated with honor from Versailles School of Art
2008 – Master degree in Arts and New Media from Paris VIII University

MANHAL ISSA was born in Tartous, Syria and now lives and works in Paris. He’s a painter, sculptor and digital video artist who arrived in France in 2000 and became a naturalized French citizen in 2008. His work is influenced by the abstract expressionism by revisiting the myths and mysteries of his Syrian culture and adopted French lifestyle. His style became more gestural representation after the start of the Syrian war which influenced his recent work by using mixed media and runs with a car tire over his painting to emphasize on aggressive gestural human behavior that ran over his mother country.

The influence of the war is evident in his paintings which swings between demolition and construction, between the beauty and the act of smearing the surface of his canvases. Mr. Issa recalls his impression of how he can conduct during the process of creating a painting, either as a criminal or as a victim; it swings between the possible and the impossible. He acknowledges the new change that swept his mother land, the swing between the nostalgia of his native country and the lifestyle and culture of the country where he is currently residing are constantly on his mind and reflected in his work.

Education2008 – Master of Art and New Media from Paris VIII University
2003 – Bachelor of Art Versailles School of Art
1995 – Graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus, Syria

Professional Career
2010-Present – Visual Arts instructor and lecturer at Visual Arts Center in Paris and Angers, France

Collections
Manhal Issa’s work are in museums and private collections around the Middle East, Russia, Europe and U.S.A.

Awards
2011 – 1st prize in visual art from the Lion’s Club Art Fair in Angers, France
2000-2007 – Several awards from the Ministry of Culture in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and France.

Solo Exhibitions
2019 – “Masks of the Warriors” sculptures at the Lions Club Gallery, Trélazé, France
2019 – “Torn” SV Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2018 – “Transgressions” Artistik Gallery, Boulogne, France
2017 – “Transgressions” Contemporary Visual Arts Center, Damascus
2017 – “Recent Work” Ouberture Ateliers S’Artistes, Bouchemaine, France
2017 – “Olives” Kaleemat Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey; Solitaire Gallery, Beirut
2008 – Museum of Modern Art, Lattakia,
2001 – “about love” Emar Lounge, Lattakia
1995 – Atassi Gallery, Damascus; Wared Gallery, Dubai

Group Exhibitions
2018 – Untold Stories Gallery, London
2018 – L’exposition De La Rentrée, Angers / Trélazé, France
2017 – “Memories of Cities” Sabra Gallery, London
2017 – “Regards” XXVIe Salon, Angers / Trélazé, France
2016 – Solitaire Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 – Mark Hashem Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2010 – Europeia Art Fair, Paris – France
2009 – “Syrian Art” Hallbiene Four Gallery, Hanover, Germany
2008 – Rawa, Amman, Jordan; “about love” Dar Al Mashreq Gallery, Amman, Jordan, retrospective exhibition

Art Fairs
Beirut Art Fair 2016; Biennale “Al Mahaba” Syria 2012.

Workshops
2019 – “The Lions Club in Trélazé, France;
2018 – “Emerging Artists” XXVIe Salon, Angers / Trélazé, France

Awards
2015 – Visual Artist Fellowship, 2th Beirut Biennale for Contemporary Art
2014 – Visual Artist Fellowship first prize, The Forum for Arts, Dubai

Bibliography/Press (selected) (open links with Google Chrome for English translation)
Ma Mairie News, “Issa Opening to The World” The Lions Club of Angers in Trélazé” (Feb 2020); “Meet Manhal Issa” Agendo Culture French Online Art (March 2020); Alaraby.co.uk News “by Asaad Arabi “Sculptures Madness” Dec 2019; Almayadeen TV, Metro “Interview with Visual Artist Manhal Issa” (Nov 2018); Lebanon TV, Good Morning Lebanon “Interview with Manhal Issa” (Oct 2018).

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