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Alaa Abou Shaheen
b. 1983, Syria

Abou Shaheen was born in 1983 and graduated from Damascus University's Faculty of Fine Arts in 2006. During the years 2010 and 2011, he worked as a Fine Arts Assistant Professor in Aleppo. Between 2005 and 2018, Alaa held solo and group shows in his home country of Lebanon, as well as in Amman, Bahrain, London, and Paris. The YINCHUAN Museum of Contemporary Art in China purchased his work. Currently, the artist resides in Paris.

After the birth of his daughter Rita in 2017, Abou Shaheen's paintings changed dramatically, and he began to include children in his work. "I came upon a children's book about a father who writes letters to his young daughter. I began writing her letters through art, which was the only way I knew how. She may draw on the paintings I'm working on now and then, which is a wonderful way for a father and daughter to bond via art."

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Series Statement




2006 Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus university, Damascus, Syria

Selected Exhibitions

2018 'Donkeys', solo exhibition, Art on 56th gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2018 'Scene', Al Markhiya gallery, group exhibition, Doha, Qatar
2011 Dar Al-Anda, solo exhibition, Amman, Jordan

Art Fairs

2017 Art Bahrain, Kuzah gallery, Bahrain
2015 Beirut Art Fair, Art on 56th gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 Art 15th, Art on 56th gallery, London, UK
2014 Beirut Art Fair, Art on 56th gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Beirut Art Fair, Mark Hachem gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 Beirut Art Fair, Kuzah gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Palmyra Festival First National Youth Sculpture Symposium, Homs, Syria
Third prize in sculpture, Gallery Kamel, Damascus, Syria