Rashwan Abdelbaki, Syrian artist
Born in Damascus, Syria in 1984
Lives between Damascus, Syria and Beirut, Lebanon
Rashwan Abdelbaki is a multi-medium artist specialising in painting, etching, engraving, digital Art, installation and video. He graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Damascus University, in 2007, with a Bachelor’s degree in printmaking techniques. Since graduating, he has been featured in several solo and group exhibitions in Lebanon and Syria where his talent has been widely acclaimed.
Being an organised and methodical artist, Rashwan Abdelbaki keeps his studio as neat and ordered as possible. He detests chaos and finds it very cathartic to clean and completely reorganise his studio once he has completed a creation. This methodical aspect of his character is reflected in the clean unified colours of his backgrounds throughout his paintings, the focus is almost always on its main components and their emotions.
Rashwan Abdelbaki finds inspiration in the many aspects of life and the world around him, however, the recurring main theme running through his collections seems to be that of Adam and Eve, who according to Genesis, were the first humans on Earth. He focuses on the complexity of their relationship, and is inspired by the many problems they faced after being expelled from the Garden of Eden. The artist is particularly interested in the Yin-Yang duality between Adam and Eve and their complementarities, where their understanding of themselves is reliant on an understanding of each other.
The artist is affected by the ongoing conflict in Syria and admits on not being able to easily isolate himself from the war and accept his lack of control on the disorder and calamities.