Abdullah Murad

Born in 1944 - Syrian Arab Republic


Recognized internationally, Abdallah Murad was born in Homs in 1944. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Damascus in 1970. He is a member of the Syrian Fine Arts Union and of the Union of Arab Artists.

Murad's paintings are influenced by Arabesques and by Fauvists colors and by the abstract expressionism movement. Indeed, he is considered as one of the pioneers of abstract expressionism in the Arab world. His paintings are experimental and extravagant in the use of colors, with layers that vary in thickness, impasto with transparent textures, using collage as well. A surface treatment of contrast and asymmetrical compositions dominate his pieces, which allow an interesting alternation of expansion and space.

In 1984, He won the first prize of the exhibition rendering tribute to Picasso and Miro at the Cultural Center of Damascus.

Murad's work has been exhibited in diverse group and personal exhibitions in Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Great Britain, and in other Middle East countries. His work is part of several public and private collections in France, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Turkey, the Emirates and in Bahrein at the Museum of Sharjah.

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Solo Exhibition
1973 Ornina Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1976 Arab Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
1980 Arab Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
1981 French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
1983 Al-Shaab Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1992 Alwan Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1994 Atasi Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1995 Alwan Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2000-3 The French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
2004 Zawaya Gallery, Homs, Syria
2007 Ayyam Gallery, Damascus, Syria

Collective exhibitions:
1971 The Second Collective Exhibition of Group 10, Damascus, Syria
1982 Open-air artistic gathering for painting, Bulgaria
1984 First Prize: “Homage for Picasso and Miro” Exhibition Damascus, Syria
The Spanish Cultural Center
1988 The European and Asian Art Biennale, Ankara, Turkey
1989 “Artists from Syria” Exhibition, Al-Muntada Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
1991 “Six Artists from Syria” Exhibition, Tripoli, Lebanon
1993 Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, UAE
1997 Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah, UAE
1999 ARTUEL Exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon
1999 The Syrian Atelier, UNESCO, Beirut, Lebanon
2001 ARTUEL Exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon
2002 “European Art” Exhibition, Geneva, Switzerland
2002 Biennale of The Mediterranean Countries for Art, Tunisia, Tunisia
2003 “Art & Refugees” Exhibition, High Commission for Refugees, Damascus, Syria
2004 “Honor to Three Artists” Exhibition, Al Mahaba Festival, Lattakia, Syria
2005 “The Syrian Art” Exhibition, Syrian British Society, London, Great Britain
2006 Dar Kalimat Gallery, Aleppo Capital of Islamic Culture, Aleppo, Syria
2010 Dual Exhibition with Ghassan Nana, Al Markhiya Gallery, Doha, Qatar
2012 Beirut Art Fair 3rd Edition with Art on 56th Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Collective Exhibition, Art on 56th Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Beirut Art Fair 4th Edition with Art on 56th Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Syri-Arts Auction, 101 Works of Art for Syrian Children Refugees, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Contemporary Istanbul with Art on 56th Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey

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