Mohammad Alolabi is a Syrian painter born in Damascus on the 19th June, 1971 with a passion for using calligraphy in his paintings to comfort his fear of the great void within.
Alolabi studied at the Adham Ismail Center for Fine Arts in Damascus from 1987 to 1989, then later on graduated from the Painting Department at Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus in 1995, thus aquired his Masters degree in 1996, and has been a member of the Syrian Artists Union since 1997.
The Syrian contemporary painter participated in several collective and solo local exhibitions such as “The exhibition of the Three Young People” in Damascus, 1997, from which later on, in 2003, won an appreciation prize. Furthermorem Mohamad Alolabi participated in a joint exhibition in 1997 at the Artist Union Gallery of Homs, a joint exhibition at at Alkhanji Gallery in Aleppo in the same year, also, a solo exhibition at the Artist Union Gallery in Aleppo 2002; a solo exhibition in Ishtar Gallery, Damascus 2003 & First meetings of Ma’alula 2004, and finally a solo exhibition in Alkalimat Gallery in Aleppo 2007.
However internationally, the Syrian artist attended and participated in the “Biennale Tehran”, and a cultural project with the Ministry of Culture – The Museum of Art in London 2005, too.
The paintings of the contemporary artist Mohammad Alolabi are on display at the Ministry of Culture as well as special collections of him in Syria, Jordan, United Arab of Emirates, UK, Germany, Sweden, France .
Message from the artist:
It is passion that drives things to make art out of nothing, and I think that if we don’t see music in any painting, then the painting means nothing.
I work as a weaving of calligraphy and paint it in color to create my symbols of people, plants, animals, birds, architecture and other creatures, it is my imaginative city and the closest to the spirit of the East.
I enjoy linear intertwining and the relationships it gives between symbols… I believe in pantheism… the maker is one in everything, he is like the point that makes lines and lines make spaces.
As a human being from the Eastern Mediterranean (Syria), I know that my research is restless on inner paradise, it is Damascus, with its ancient routes and enchanting spiritual rhythms, and because it is the cradle of my childhood and the hotbed of my dreams, I spread out the strings of my harp on my paintings with colored lines to write the beautiful history with symbolic lines describing austerity richness.
I love old rugs and the movement of their rhythmic threads. I draw stories on them from the memory my grandmother told me about, so the lines of the story blend with the threads of the carpet to tell the story again.
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- Joined exhibition for Arab artists in Beirut/ Lebanon – 1997
- Joined exhibition at “Alshaab gallery” in Damascus/ Syria – 1997
- Joined exhibition at “Sobhi Shoaib gallery” in Homs/ Syria 1998
- Joined exhibition at “Khanji gallery” in Aleppo/ Syria 1998
- Solo exhibition at “art association gallery” in Aleppo/ Syria 2002
- Solo exhibition at “Ashtar gallery” in Damascus/ Syria 2003
- Solo exhibition at “Kalimat gallery” in Aleppo/ Syria 2007
- Solo exhibition at “Roaa gallery” in Damascus/ Syria 2011
- Solo exhibition at “opera house” in Damascus/ Syria 2015
- Solo exhibition at “Zawaya art gallery” in Damascus/ Syria 2020
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