Asaad Arabi Migrating Away From Damascus
Born in Damascus in 1941, Asaad Arabi has been recognized as a prominent contemporary Arab artist since the 1980s. Featured in exhibitions throughout the region and abroad, his works are housed in several prestigious collections, notably the Arab World Institute in Paris, the Barcelona Contemporary Museum of Art, and South Korea’s Museum in Seoul.
His most recent exhibitions include a handful of well-received solo and group shows with Ayyam Gallery. A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, Arabi went on to receive a diploma in painting from the Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Paris in 1983, and later earned a PhD in aesthetics from the distinguished Sorbonne University in 1987. Based in France since 1975, he has undertaken extensive art research and written extensively on the subject in both French and Arabic. Thus, he is also widely revered as a prominent aesthetic theorist.
Beginning his career at the end of Syria’s modernist period, his paintings span decades of art and include numerous styles. Although he began depicting the old streets of Damascus with an acute sense of realism, this quickly gave way to figurative portrayals that relied heavily on elements of Cubism and abstraction.
From a method of painting that delved into the realm of geometric abstraction to the vibrant form of Expressionism that characterizes his canvases today, Arabi’s work has traversed multiple international developments in art.