Rashwan AbdelbakiBorn;  Damascus, Syria
Currently living and working in New York City
2007 – Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts, University of Damascus

 

 

 

Dis-Figured Paintings Series

Abdelbaki-Number 7-61x32_2017_web

Abdelbaki-One Line-55x55_2017_web

Abdelbaki-Two Crossed Line-acrylic-55x55_2017_web

Abdelbaki-Court-acrylic-62x60_2016_web

Abdelbaki-Empty Chair-acrylic-64x48_2015_web

Abdelbaki-Help Me-acrylic-65x47_2016_web

Abdelbaki-Hope-acrylic-55x86_web

Abdelbaki-Last Supper-First Wall-80x130_2017_web

Abdelbaki-Wedding Night-acrylic-79x50_2015_web

Abdelbaki-Women-acrylic-60x60_2016_web

American Academy in Rome Magazine 2016_web
ARTIST STATEMENT

The Fear inside all of us makes us always awake .. we want to close our eyes and sleep in Peace … But in this crazy and complex world, at least we need to open one eye .. to know what is happening around us .. to be ready for anything new .. Striped .. like prisoners in our beliefs and our religions .. To the defense of our humanity .. our existence Lights up the darkness …

Education
2007 – Bacholer Degree, Fine Arts Faculty, Damascus University, Syria

Solo Exhibitions
2017 – “One Eye Open” – George Mason University’s Fine Arts Gallery / Virginia, USA
2017 – “Little Syria” – Metropolitan College Of New York / New York, USA
2014 – “Light Up The Darkness” Exhibition – Dar Al-Mussawir / Beirut, Lebanon
2011 – “A Moment” Etching Exhibition – Al-Hamra Theatre / Damascus, Syria

Group Exhibition
2018 – “(Dis)Figured” Exhibition – Montoro12 Contemporary Art Gallery / Rome, Italy
2017 – “BCNA – Business Center for New Americans” Exhibition – MOKAH Museum of Korean American Heritage / Chelsea, NY, USA
2017 – “Do fish get ever seasick” Syria Art Exhibition- Art Space DA:MDAA / Seoul, South Korea
2017 – “VIRTUAL/VISUAL CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION” – Noyes Museum of Art,Atlantic City / New Jersey, USA
2017 – “BCNA – Business Center for New Americans” Exhibition- Robert Miller Gallery/ New York, USA
2016 – “Flight: Explorations in Movement, Migration, and Freedom” – West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park / Vermont, USA
2015 – “First Group Exhibition” – National Center for Visual Arts / Damascus, Syria
2015 – “Le Salon De Lahd” Lahd Gallery – Kent House Knightsbridge / London, UK
2015 – “Art Summer Collective” Exhibition – Artheum & Kozah Gallery / Beirut, Lebanon
2015 – Fransabank Jabal 11th Edition – Saint-George Hotel / Beirut, Lebanon
2014 – Fransabank Jabal  10th Edition – Le Gray Hotel / Beirut, Lebanon
2013 – Syrian Contemporary Art Fair – Artheum / Beirut, Lebanon
2013 – “Compilation 013” –  Art Circle / Beirut, Lebanon
2010/2011 – Young Syrian Artist Exhibition – Khan Asad Pacha / Damascus, Syria
2009 – Young Syrian Artist Exhibition – Khan Asad Pacha / Damascus, Syria
2009 – Etching Exhibition – Kozah Gallery / Damascus, Syria
2009 – week Pioneers First Cultural – Cultural Imprints /Damascus, Syria
2008 – The First Competition For Young Artist – Kozah Gallery / Damascus, Syria
2008 – Des diplomes 2007 de la faculte des Beaux-Arts de Damas – Le centre Culturel Francais / Damascus, Syria

Workshop & Event
2017 – The Growing Role of the Empathy in the Arts – Middle East Institute/ Gallery Al-Quds, Washington DC, USA
2017 – Presentation & Artist Talk – Metropolitan College & Manhattan Graphics Center, New York, USA
2017 – “contemporary art in the Middle East and North Africa”- Sundaram Tagore Art Gallery, New York, USA
2017 – Presentation & Artist Talk – RUFA– Rome University Of Fine Arts & Accademia di belle Arti di Roma , Rome, Italy
2017 – Presentation & Artist Talk – SACI: Studio Arts College International Florence / Florence, Italy
2016 – “Beyond drawing with Shahzia Iskandar”- Guido Reni Hall, MAXXI Museum/ Rome, Italy
2009 – Workshop in Etching – Kozah Gallery/Damascus, Syria

Fellowship & Award
(Sept 2016 – Sept 2017) – Fellowship award from the Institute of International Education’s Artist Protection Fund (IIE-APF)
(Sept 2016 – Jan 2017) – AAR Affiliated Fellow / American Academy in Rome, Rome/ Italy
(May – June 2017) – Fellowship award from Vermont Studio Center VSC