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Anas Homsi, B. 1987
Syria

“I paint in order to bring joy to this world and I always strive to see a smile on the face of everyone who sees my artistic work, because for me art is the means to achieve a better reality in this world. “

Anas Homsi, combines abstract expressionism and portraiture to make up his artistic genre. Since his career’s inception, he utilizes a colourful palette with gestural brushstrokes that has cemented a signature style. Homsi has been interested in exploring a spectrum of emotions fuelled by war, placement, displacement and the implications on the human mind. The artist expresses his inspirations through his experiences of uprooting and all that surrounds it from his journey following the war in Syria.

Homsi has participated in several collective and solo exhibitions in Lebanon and Europe. He is a member of the Syrian Plastic Artists’ Union. Since his recent move to Berlin, Homsi has participated in a group and solo show and continues to work out of his Berlin studio investigating his new surroundings vis a vis his previous experiences.

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Credentials

International and regional solo exhibitions
International group exhibitions
Art fair participant
Biennale participant
Works on commission

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Artist Statement

I communicate little sense of a specific place or time. It’s more about trying to capture the atmosphere of a memory, not a particular moment. Through the way I paint I try to get back to that state of childhood – a bit spontaneous, without thinking about the result. It’s a sort of relief.

My paintings are highly textured splashes and daubs of bright, almost luminous colors topped with roughly sketched figures. I usually start with sketches but never turn a sketch into a painting. My paintings are more complex, layered versions of my little pen sketches, most of which feature strange figures, some with huge heads and no bodies, others with bodies and arms but no legs. There are no specific people which I work on. Each time is different, each painting is from a different daydream. I feel that the more I add layers, the more I give the painting, an artistic value from my imagination and memory…


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CV

Education

2020 B.A. Design, Visual Communications, University of Applied Sciences, Potsdam, Germany
2010 B.A. Fine Arts, Faculty of Fine Art, Damascus, Syria


Solo Exhibitions

2021 'View through the Window', Gallery Schindler, Potsdam, Germany
2019 'Paintings and Sculptures', Kunsthaus Sans titre, Potsdam, Germany
2018 'Nach Berlin', LAWRENCE gallery, Berlin, Germany
2016 'Reflections', Lahd Gallery, London, UK
2014 'Effect', Art circle gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 'Childhood retrospective', Art Circle Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Group Exhibitions

2020 'The Opening', Azimut Berlin Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2020 '25 Jahre Aktionsraum PANZERHALLE- Teil 4', Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2020 'Comeback 2020', Art on 56th Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2019 'New members in BBK', Gallery M, Potsdam, Germany
2019 'Watani', Lawrance Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2019 'Neujahrsempfang', Neuen Atelierhaus
Panzerhalle, Potsdam, Germany
2018 'Offene Ateliers', Neuen Atelierhaus Panzerhalle, Potsdam, Germany
2017 '7 Art Brandenburg', Waschhaus Arena, Potsdam, Germany
2017 'Lawrence: Grand Opening', Berlin, Germany
2017 'Aspiring Artists initiative', EMERGEAST, Dubai, UAE
2017 'Summer Collective', arton56th Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2016 'Memories Beyond Borders', Neues Atelierhaus Panzerhalle, Potsdam, Germany
2016 Angekommen Galerie im Kurt-Schumacher-Haus, Berlin, Germany
2016 'Summer Collective', arton56th Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 Le salon de Lahd, Celebrating 10 years of MENASA creativity, London, UK
2015 Auction 2.0, EMERGEAST, Dubai, UAE
2015 'Like', EMERGEAST’s pop up exhibition, ARTSPACE, London, UK
2015 'Syria off frame', Fondazione Cini , Venice, Italy
2015 'Syrian Art In Hard Times', Villa Paradiso, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 World Art Dubai, Emergeast gallery, Dubai, UAE
2015 Auction 1.0, Emergeast gallery, Dubai, UAE
2014 'Human Suffering at Times of Crisis', Lahd Gallery and Debut Contemporary, London, UK
2014 'Talk Love..Act Peace', Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait
2014 'The Last Supper Art exhibition', The Venue Aswak Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 'Monamnamate', Dar Al Mousawer, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Art Circle Gallery Collection, Various Artists
2012 'Survival', Hope and Society at Joanna Seikaly Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 'Small painting', Mustafa Ali Art Gallery, Damascus, Syria
2012 'The visual scene for a generation of young artists', Kozah Art gallery, Damascus, Syria
2012 The seventh competition for artists young Syrian, A-Rewaq gallery, Damascus Syria
2011 'Sketch Exhibition', Rewaq al-Qeshleh, Damascus, Syria
2012 Gallery Alumni College of fine arts at the University of Damascus, CCF, Damascus, Syria
2008-2010 The Annual Spring exhibition under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture, Syria
2007 Exhibition of Mediterranean countries, faculty of fine arts, Damascus, Syria
2006 Portrait exhibition, Adham Ismail Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon


Art Fairs

2016 Art16 London’s Global Art Fair, 'Trips to Colorful Thoughts', Lahd Gallery, London, UK
2014 Singapore Art Fair, Lahd gallery-London, Singapore
2014 SANTORINI BIENNALE, 2nd Biennale of Modern art in Santorini, Greece
2013 Syria Contemporary Art Fair, Artheum, Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Beirut Bloom – Contemporary Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 Beirut Art Fair with Samer Kozah Art Gallery


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