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

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— << 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 was a frequent visitor to Aleppo and Damascus National Museums during his childhood that exposed him to the art of ancient civilizations that shaped his current artistic direction 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 has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums and a recipient of recent awards including the 2021 “Individual Artist Award, Specific Cultural Project”, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the “Creative Investment Program Award” Broward County Cultural Division, FL. He has been a participant in numerous workshops including “Artists at the Community Development Table” Americans For the Arts, and “Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute” Broward County Division of Culture, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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 the 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” a touring art exhibit projects.

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 and FB Live of cultural lectures, musical performances, poetry, film screening, and culinary arts.

Education
1985 – Bachelor Degree 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-curator, creative designer and curator of a number of exhibits focusing on cultural heritage and current issues for building cultural understanding, fostering interest, awareness through arts and culture.

ProfessioBibliography/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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