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Youssef Abdelke is one of Syria’s leading artists. A respected engraver and master draftsman, he is a great
observer of living phenomena, and while he is precise and methodical in his approach, there is also a poetic
side to his work.
With an extensive oeuvre that has been decades in the making, his subject matter has ranged
from highly political social satire to meditative still lifes that are unassuming yet powerful.
As such his work
has been influential to a number of young and emerging artists in the Arab world.
Born in Kamishli in 1951, he has lived in Paris since the late 1970s, shortly after graduating from Damascus
University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. In 1986 he received a diploma in Etching from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure
des Beaux Arts and later went on to complete a PhD in Plastic Arts from University VIII of Paris in 1989.
A versatile artist, he has worked in different areas of graphic art, and is known for his posters, logos and
book covers in addition to his etchings and collages.
Abdelke has authored over 30 children books and has
published several texts on the history of caricature in Syria and the Arab world.
He has exhibited throughout
the Middle East, North Africa and Europe and his artworks can be found in the National Museum of Kuwait,
the British Museum, the National Museum of Damascus and many other public institutions.
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