Tony Khawam

American, Born in Aleppo, Syria
1985 – BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1987 – Advanced studies in Advertising and Graphic Design, Montclair State University, NJ

— << Chaos and Debris in Aleppo series, 2018-2020 >> —

— << Aleppo Urban Landscapes series, 2015-2017 >> —

— << Urbanism Sculpture Series 2018 >> —
Cascading Facades No.1 & No.2 – 72″ x 42″ x 42″, wood, aluminum, paint & resin, 2018

Khawam’s sculpture of “Urbanism” in his Cascading Facades series are purely abstract shapes that intuitively generate a structural relationship of light and space. The sculpture works with entangled architectural materials and ordinary modern household objects and shapes that strongly suggest the human figure. The structure of the sculpture is based on repeated geometric shapes in different sizes, juxtaposed and tumbling towards the base. The sculptures are inspired by bare building frameworks of skeleton-like apartment buildings, a depiction of the falling facades, windows, doors, balconies, railings and debris that make it almost intact despite the collapsed structures.

— << New York Urbanism series, 1998-2000 >> —

— << New York Wire City series, 1997-1998 >> —

——– << Biography >> ——–

Tony Khawam was born in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated to the U.S. with his parents at age 16. He is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and now lives and works in Florida. He is deeply rooted in his Middle Eastern heritage and the American experience through history, current events, and the surrounding urban landscape with influences of post-war German and American art. His urban architecture and heritage paintings are formed by ideas about today’s socio-cultural issues such as social disruption, displacement, and immigration, intertwined with the American culture.

Khawam’s work explores social and heritage structures that objectify marginalized communities and the bodies of vulnerable populations especially the immigrants by examining the cross-cultural dynamic in our communities for better cultural bridge building and understanding. Just as essential to his work is a social engagement practice through which he reframes objectifying societal structures by bringing contemporary arts and ideas into different multicultural communities through arts and cultural institutions.

Khawam’s work is characterized by its layered formal, material, and conceptual complexity of a grid like forms, colors and gestures in more experimental, spontaneous working process. The art is sketched from various references including his photography and media images to create a composition. The second half of the process is the deconstruction of forms in a semi-abstract manner with gestural brushstrokes and the use of materials that intensify our visual experience.

Khawam believes in the power of arts through his artwork and the curatorial exhibitions by bringing the community together to increase knowledge, build awareness, spark interest for cultural bridge building and understanding. Art builds community and create space for dialogue by bringing people together from communities of various cultural background and expose them to the arts and culture while viewing artworks, tasting authentic food, and listening to classical music from different culture. Also, he believes in the power of social media especially after the Pandemic disruption on our work and lifestyle that offers an opportunity to engage a larger audience via virtual Zoom with Live streaming of cultural lectures, musical performances, poetry, film screening, and culinary arts.

Education
1985 – Bachelor of Fine Art, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1987 – Advanced studies in Advertising and Graphic Design, Montclair State University, NJ

Professional Career
Artist and curator with a focus on cultural heritage by bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds to increase knowledge, build awareness, for cultural bridge building and understanding through arts and culture.

Awards and Grants
2021 – “Individual Artist Award, Specific Cultural Project”, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
2020 – “Creative Investment Program Award” Broward County Cultural Division, FL
2002 – “Artists Fellowship award” Mid-Atlantic region
1998 – “Innovative Works on Paper and Printmaking Project” Rutgers University, NJ
1997 – “Artist in Residence, NJ Series” Geraldine Dodge Foundation.

Collections
Tony Khawam’s work is in museums and private collections around the U.S.A., Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.

Selected One-Person Exhibitions
2020 – ArtServe, Miami, FL
2019 – Art Miami Context Art Fair Dec 4-8, Khawam Gallery, Miami, FL
2019 – Art Palm Beach Art Fair Jan 17-21, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2018 – Design Center of the Americas, interior designers special event exhibition, Ft Lauderdale, FL
2017 – “Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo” Ft Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center, FL
2018 – Artexpo New York Art Fair, April 19-22, NYC Pier 94
2018 – Art Palm Beach Art Fair Jan 17-21, Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL
2017 – Miami Art Week at Red Dot Art Fair Dec 6-10, 2017, Miami, FL
2017 – “Spiritual Vessels” Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, Ft Lauderdale, FL
2017 – “Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo” Ft Lauderdale/Broward Convention Center, FL

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 – “Emerging Art From War-Torn Syria: War & Hope” Syrian-American artists group exhibit ArtServe, FL
2019 – Oct 12 – Dec 30 “30th Anniversary Season Preview at ArtServe, Miami, FL
            Oct 9-10 at Florida International Trade & Cultural Expo, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
            Oct 4-6 at Verasoni, 271 Rt 46 W., Fairfield, NJ
            Sept 27-29, Syrian Arts & Culture Center, 352, 86th St. Brooklyn, NY
2019 – “Culturally Diverse” diversity in South Florida, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Pompano Beach, Ft Lauderdale, FL
2018 – “Interior designers gala” Design Center of the Americas, Ft Lauderdale, FL2017 -“Truth and Reconciliation” Little Haiti Cultural Complex Gallery, Miami, FL
2017 – “Art Boca Raton” Int’l Pavilion of the Palm Beaches at Florida Atlantic University, FL2017 – “Art Palm Beach” Palm Beach Convention Center, West Palm Beach, FL

Bibliography/Press
Boca Raton Magazine, BocaMag.com: https://bit.ly/2Rb7PE3 – by John Thomason, 9/2020.
Shoutout Miami Magazine: https://bit.ly/3dzLyu2 – by Emma Jacobs, 10/2020.
The Brooklyn Reporter, https://bit.ly/3iC0yZo  – by John Alexander, 10/2019.
Artrepreneur, Article and Podcast Interview: https://bit.ly/3liRXwj
Voyage Miami Magazine – Miami’s most inspiring stories: https://bit.ly/30FDPW4  – by Erika Smith, 1/2018
Florida News- https://bit.ly/3d3CNYZ by Juliana Forero, 11/2017.

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