Nabeel Al Samman, Syrian Artist

Born 1957 in Damascus, Syria
Lives and works in Damascus, Syria

Nabeel Al Samman graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University in 1981. The artist has exhibited extensively across the Middle East: 2011 National Council for Culture and Arts, Kuwait; 2013 Solo exhibition ALM Gallery; 2013  55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; 2014 Collective exhibition in Venezuela; 2014 Solo exhibition, Cinmar Gallery, Dubai. Nabeel Al Samman represented also Syria at The Syrian Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale, in Venice in 2013.

His art that often incorporates geometrical shapes made earthier with intense and warm colours, subjects different series in which he depicts nature and animals along with human figures and some of the ancient mythological themes from the stories such of Ishtar and Elishat. While referencing ancient mythology the artist chooses to evoke visual narratives rather than collage flat icons.

Al Samman’s work reflects his visual experience that is used through colours to ease the interpretations of diversity in civilizations. It also focuses on diagnostic meanings and human values such as the role of women in society and the victory against oppression.

His work belongs to the collections of the Ministry of Culture and the Damascus Museum, Syria, and also to many private collections in Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Dubai, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Venezuela and the USA.

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