Tony Khawam

American, Born in Aleppo, lives and works in Florida
1985 – BFA, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1987 – MFA in Advertising, Montclair State University, NJ

— << The American Dream Series – 2020-2021 >> —

— << Chaos, Aleppo to Kyiv series – 2018/22 >> —

— << Chaos series – 2018/21 >> —

— << Aleppo Urban Landscapes series – 2015/17 >> —

— << Urbanism sculptures series – 2018 >> —

Cascading Facades No.1 & No.2 – 72″ x 42″ x 42″, wood, aluminum, paint & resin, 2018

——– << Statement >> ——–

Tony Khawam born in Aleppo, Syria and immigrated to the U.S. in 1977. He is a graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and now lives and works in Florida. He creates visual experiences of interiors and landscapes that place the viewer in vibrant and enduring habitats through an architectural lens in his recent painting series. From renderings of contemporary era Modernist interiors to playful interpretations of art and architecture borrowed from the ancient civilizations. He explores the formal concerns of mining ancient histories to reflect today through myths, legends, symbols, and architecture intertwined with his American experience through the ‘American Dream’ series.

Khawam’s work stems from his interest in histories, human emotion, allusions to place, memory, and the ubiquitously fleeting moments of the conscious and unconscious. The recent work has iconic undertones with a focus on the artist’s fascination with historical imagery from the ancient Mesopotamian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman adopted into his daily artistic and structural practices with the current surroundings and happenings by marrying a skewed perspective with dimensional flatness, his paintings allude to the continuous development of the American culture.

——– << Biography >> ——–

Tony Khawam has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums and a recipient of recent awards including the “Individual Artist Award, Specific Cultural Project”, Florida Division of Arts & Culture (2021); the “Creative Investment Program Award” Broward County Cultural Division, FL (2020). He has been a participant in numerous workshops including “Artists at the Community Development Table” Americans For the Arts (2019); and the “Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute” Broward County Division of Culture, Fort Lauderdale, FL (2019).

Khawam’s work is included in museums, private and public collections throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East. He has given “Artist talk” and participated as a panelist at several art institutions. He recently curated exhibits about cross-cultural experiences in art, and he’s the author of “Emerging Art from War-Torn Syria: War & Hope” and “Crossing borders: Artists From The Middle East & America” touring art exhibit projects.

Khawam has been interviewed by and published in Sky News Arabia; Boca Raton Magazine; Miami Shoutout Magazine; WLRN Public Media, Miami PBS-NPR; Palm Beach Illustrated; Aventura Magazine; Lifestyle Media Group, South Florida; News Break Michigan (9/2020); Brooklyn reporter News (10/2019); Artrepreneur Media (9/2019); Voyage Miami Magazine (1/2018); NJ Savy Living magazine, NJ (5/2000); The New York Times, NY (7/1998), and many more.

——– << Selected CV >> ——–

Education
1985 – Bachelor of Fine Art, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1987 – Master of Fine Art 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.

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
2021 – “Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East & America” curated group exhibit, Scope Art Miami Fair, FL
2021 – “The American Road Trip” curated by Imtiaz Hafiz of Art in Embassies, US Dept of State, Washington, DC
2021 – “Contemporary Syrian Art” United Nations HQ building gallery, New York, NY
2021 – “St. Jude Inspiration4 Space Launch” 7 artists show and art auction to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital, FL
2021 – “Crossing Borders: Artists from the Middle East & Latin America” Kendall Art Center, Miami, FL
2020 – “Contemporary Syrian Art: 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

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.

Bibliography/Press
Sky News Arabia, https://youtu.be/sJPnUXrmQPA – by Reda Bouchefra, New York reporter, 10/2021
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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