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Born in 1955 and raised in Latakia, Syria Ali Mokawas is an accomplished contemporary painter. After
graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Damascus in 1978, he went on to establish
himself as a leading Syrian artist.
Currently an instructor of art, he has exhibited throughout the Arab world,
in some of the region’s foremost commercial spaces, including Atassi Gallery in Damascus, Agial Gallery in
Beirut, Green Art Gallery in Dubai and Hewar Gallery in Riyadh.
Internationally his work has also been shown
in spaces throughout Europe.
Recognized for his distinct style of painting, he has been invited to represent
Syria numerous times in exhibitions that were organized by the Ministry of Culture and in such high profile art
fairs as the Sharjah and Cairo Biennials.
Mokawas’ paintings often resemble etchings, as his limited palette and concentration on line work are
emphasized by the subtle employment of contrasting colors. This approach to painting is inspired in part
by his intent to capture the startling beauty of the world around him with close observation. His figurative
compositions are expressionistic in nature and frequently monumental in subject, as they offer detailed and
complex imagery that is universal in scope.
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