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Born in Al-Hasakah in 1971, Omran Younes has been active in the Arab art scene since the late 1990s. After
graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts Damascus in 1998, he went on to obtain a Masters degree in Fine Arts
in 2000. Having been featured in exhibitions throughout the Middle East and in the US, he has received critical
acclaim at home and abroad, most notably as the first prize recipient of the 3rd Annual Youth Competition in
Prior to joining Ayyam’s lineup of artists, Younes held solo exhibitions at such prominent regional
art spaces as Atassi Gallery in Damascus and Zara Gallery in Amman. Recently, Younes was a standout
participant of Ayyam’s “Shabab Uprising”, a solo show at Ayyam Gallery Beirut, and was highlighted at the
Virginia Common Wealth University Gallery in Doha alongside such prominent Arab artists as Dia Azzawi,
Mona Hatoum and Youssef Nabil.
Today his work is housed in collections across the Arab world.
Younes’ large canvases are distinguished by detailed investigations into human subjects. His continual
explorations of various styles of expressionist painting have culminated in a noticeable pursuit of elevating
his art to its highest form. He has demonstrated this versatility throughout his career and frequently works
within a specific theme, with each series dedicated to particular experiments and breakthroughs in art.
Belonging to a group of artists that emerged amidst the legacy of Syrian modernism, Younes has sought to
further the accomplishments of his predecessors while fashioning his own path. The result has been a brand
of painting that mixes bold social commentary with an acute sense of observation and a confident command
of medium and technique.
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