Nizar Sabour-headshot Born; Lattakia, Syria
1990 – Holds a doctorate of Philosophy in Sciences of Art, Moscow
1981 – Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts, University of Damascus

Eastern Urbanism Series

New Day – acrylic & graphite on canvas, 124 x 57in, 2018
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Palmyra Series

Walls of Palmyra No.5 (diptych) acrylic on canvas, 62 x 31in, 2018
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Walls of Palmyra No.4 – acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40in, 2018
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Walls of Palmyra No.3 – acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40in, 2018
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Walls of Palmyra No.2 – acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40in, 2018
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Walls of Palmyra No.1 – acrylic on canvas, 40 x 40in, 2018
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Maaloula Series

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ARTIST STATEMENT
Nizar Sabour’s artworks are split between two themes, the first has religious undertones, focusing on the artist’s fascination with religious imagery and icons whether Christian, Islamic or pagan and the second theme is very poetic reminiscent of Dada collages. His images tend to appear archaic, utilizing ‘traditional’ elements, in diptych and triptychs, some are carved in wood and other painted on canvas, with flattened perspective and gold leaf or minimum color pallet and employs materials reminiscent of the Dada movement rather than the precision of religious iconography. Palmyra Series.

Education
1990 – Ph.D. in Art Science – Strugunov Academy of Industrial and Applied Arts – Moscow, Russia
1981 – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Photography, Damascus University, Syria

Professional Career
2014-Present – Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the private University of Kalamoun, Deir Atieh, Syria
2011-2013 – Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Head of Graphic Design Department at the International University for Science and Technology, Damascus
2005-2008 – Head of Painting and Photography Department, Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University

Solo Exhibitions in Syria
2016 – (Six Years) Khan Asaad Pasha Gallery, Damascus
2010 – (Palmyra Icons) National Museum, Damascus
2009 – (The Walls of Palmyra) Tagaliat Gallery, Damascus
2008 – Museum of Modern Art, Lattakia, retrospective 1973-2008, Discover Syria Gallery
2007 – (happiness as possible) Gallery Alarthouse, – Damascus
2007 – (Antara Zamanna) Gallery Kalim – Aleppo
2005 – (Antara Zamana) Art House, Khan Asaad Pasha, Damascus
2004 – (life in the ash), The Levant  Gallery, Aleppo
2003 – (About Damascus) Fatih Al-Morsed Gallery, Damascus
2002 – Exhibition (Life in the Ashes) Atassi Gallery, Damascus
2001 – Exhibition (about love) Emar Lounge, Lattakia
2000 – Exhibition (Gates of the Soul) Atassi Hall, Damascus
1999 – The Levant Gallery, Aleppo
1998 – (The Body and The Spirit) Rainbow Gallery and Atassi Gallery
1997 – Gallery Alsayed – Damascus, Gallery Emar, Lattakia, Al-Khanji Gallery, Aleppo
1995 – Atassi Gallery, Damascus
1994 – Ishtar Gallery, Damascus
1993 – Damascus Gallery – Damascus
1992 – The Levant Gallery, Aleppo
1991 – Gallery Alsayed, Damascus, Emar Gallery – Lattakia
1982 – Cultural Center, Lattakia
1976 – Fine Arts Center, Lattakia

Exhibitions Outside Syria
1990 – Hall (House of the central artist) – Moscow – Russia
1991 – Free Workshop Hall – Kuwait
1993 – Maram – Beirut – Lebanon
1997 – Center (Arts Center) – Bahrain.
1998 – Cairo Atelier – Cairo – Egypt
2001 – Exhibition (about love) – Hall (Dar Al Mashreq) – Amman – Jordan, retrospective exhibition – Exhibition Hall (Exhibition Palace) – Lyon – France.
2003 – Exhibition of Aida Charfan Hall and Lounge (French Cultural Center) – Beirut – Lebanon.
2004 – Hall (Ahmad Al-Adwani) – Kuwait.
2008 – Rawa – Amman – Jordan.
2009 – Exhibition (News from Syria) – Hall (Holbien 4) – Hanover – Germany.
2010 – Exhibition (destruction icon) – Europeia Hall Paris – France, Fair of Happiness, Exhibition of “Destruction Icon” – Mark Hashem Hall, Beirut, Lebanon
2014 – “Book in the Diaspora” – “Cap for Contemporary Art” – Kuwait
2015 – “Damascus Diaries” – “Orient House”, Amman – Jordan
2015 – Selected works by Nizar Sabour – Hallbienne 4 Hanover – Germany
2016 – “Al-Kalamoon” Exhibition “Mark Hashim” Hall Beirut – Lebanon
2017 – Exhibition (Icon Damascene) – hall “sv” Beirut – Lebanon
2017 – Exhibition of “Icons of the olive dish” Kalimat Hall – Istanbul Turkey
2017 – “Destructive Icons”, Rizan National Museum of Art, Rizan, Russia

And dozens of group participations in exhibitions and artistic events in various countries in the world, including: Biennial Venice 2011, Sharjah Biennial 1995, 1997 and 1999, and Biennale “Al Mahaba” Syria 1995.

Workshops
– Workshop of artists of the Omani Society of Arts – Muscat – 2002
– Workshop for the teachers and students of the Department of Photography in cooperation with: Shell – Damascus 2006
– Coordinator of the workshop of the Mediterranean Foundation “ECOM” in Damascus – May 2007
– Workshop in the opening – Hall: Qazh – Damascus 2007
– First Mediterranean Environmental Art Forum, Crete, Grece, August, 2008
– Two workshops for young artists, at the National Center for Visual Arts, Damascus, Syria, entitled “Use of natural materials in contemporary photography”, 2015
2006 – Workshop for young artists at the National Center for Visual Arts – Damascus – Syria entitled “The Book”

Awards
2006 – 4th Tehran Biennale for Contemporary Art in the Islamic World
2004 – First prize in photography – Dubai Scientific Forum for Arts – Dubai
1995 – Certificate of Appreciation – Second Sharjah Biennale – Sharjah
1995 – First prize in photography – Biennial of love first – Lattakia – Syria

Collections
Nizar Sabour’s work are in many private, public and museums collections around the Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe