About Leen Batal:
Leen Batal is a Syrian acrylic and oil Analytic Cubism painter and artisan handworker; born in Paris, 1975. A mother of two boys, Leen managed to balance between her professional and private life. When it comes to Leen’s artistic side, Leen’s acrylic and oil paintings are inspired from, first of all, traditional African art; which is a broad museological category for the traditional art of sub-Saharan Africa that brings together hundreds of disparate groups across Africa. Secondly, Leen was inspired from South-American which was anciently consisted of paintings on rocks and other archaeological sites in the island of Santa Catarina, and recently known to be sophisticated and mirroring social life despite it resembling traditionalists in the style, modern South-American art did not aim to return to old forms. Moreover, Leen was also influenced by Syrian traditional handwork that encouraged her to start her own handcraft and artistic products brand “Laf-Loof”.
Leen’s talent started at a very early stage where she won the Gold Prize of the first “International Kanagawa Biennial World Children’s Art Exhibition” in 1981.
Leen Batal graduated from the Fine Art Faculty of Damascus University – Department of Visual Communications in 1997 with distinction for presenting the best graduation project in her promotion.
Leen Batal joined an international Visual Communication workshop for six months in Marly le Roi – France in 1995, where her collaboration with international students and artists led to an international collective exhibition at the end of the workshop.
In addition, Leen participated in several collective exhibitions such as “tribute to Joan Miró” with Ahmad Moualla which was her first one, at the The French Cultural Center in Damascus, Syria on July 1996. Her second second exhibition was with Emily Farah at AlSayed Art Gallery Damascus, Syria on March 1999. However, her first solo exhibition took place in July 2004 at The French Cultural Center in Damascus, Syria. Later on, Leen performed a second individual exhibition on April 2011 at the Goethe Institute – German Cultural Center in Damascus, Syria. And Leen’s last solo exhibition took place on February 2014 at the Dubai International Art Centre in Dubai, UAE.
Alongside her painting activities, Leen owns her own handcraft brand and handmade artistic products called “Laf-Loof”. Constantly working on the development of her artisan handwork concept, Leen’s brand is based on a fine combination of pure Syrian artisanal basic materials based on cotton, wool and leather to carefully form unique accessories and various items.
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- Individual exhibition at Gallery Fateh Al-Moudarres/ Damascus, Syria January 2020
- Individual exhibition at Dubai International Art Centre – DIAC/ Dubai, UAE February 2014
- Individual exhibition at Goethe Institute – German Cultural Center/ Damascus, Syria April 2011
- Individual exhibition at CCF – The French Cultural Center/ Damascus, Syria July 2004
- Joint exhibition with Emily Farah at Al-Sayed Art Gallery/ Damascus, Syria March 1999
- tribute to Joan Miró, Joint Exhibition with Ahmad Moualla at CCF – The French Cultural Center/ Damascus, Syria July 1996
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