About the Artist
“I slept and dreamt that life is beautiful”
Syrian painter Adib Fattal is a unique kind of optimist, a dreamer who insists on guiding us back to the age of innocence. In his search for beauty, he evokes only pleasant images retained from childhood memories including scenes from Syria, Palestine and Lebanon.
His paintings are ablaze with colors: Cities and villages inhabited by happy colorful people conducting their daily life actively and with great joy. There are fishermen, farmers, people picking oranges, other planting trees and yet others praying. All these scenes and more are depicted with love and an absolute conviction that all is well under the sun.
Adib may not belong to any particular school as his style is a combination of primitive art and fantasy. Some paintings look like miniatures in Persian art, others recall Palestinian embroidery or mosaics in a Mosque or Church.
Adib Fattal was born in 1962 in Washington D.C As the son of a diplomat, Adib spent most of his life in Europe, the United States and the Middle East. He graduated with a B.B.A in International Marketing from the City University of New York. Having spent some years in the field of business and banking, Adib decided to abandon it and dedicate himself to his original love : graphic art.
At present , he lives on a farm in Syria at the foot of Mount Hermon where he paints, farms and looks after his dog, cat, and a large collection of birds including a clever parrot.
To date, Adib Fattal has exhibited in the Middleeast, Pakistan, Europe and Canada
Joint exhibition sponsored by Shell Company at Maktab Anbar, Damascus , May 2001;
Solo exhibition at the Istitut francis d\'etudes arabes de Damas, April 2003;
Solo exhibition at the Ishtar Gallery, Damascus, December 2002;
Solo exhibition at the American University of Cairo on the occasion of \"The Year of Palestine.\", April 2003;
Solo exhibition at the Nassir Shawra Gallery, Damascus, June 2004;
Solo exhibition at the Orex Expo in Montreal, Canada, in July-August 2004;
Solo exhibition at the Safrkhan Gallery in Zamalek, Cairo in April 2005;
Solo exhibition at the V.M art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan, December 2006;
Solo exhibition at the Primitive Art Gallery , Cracow, Poland , September 2007;
Solo exhibition at the Otrebusy Museum of Folk Art, Warsaw, December 2007;
Solo exhibition at the Galerie Janine Rubeiz,Beirut,June 2008;
Joint exhibition at the Camden Art Gallery,London,October 2008;
Solo exhibition a t the Zamaan Art Gallery,Beirut,Lebanon,May,2009;
Joint exhibition at the Hammer Gallery in Holland,Amsterdam, November,2009
Solo exhibition at the Solidere Gallery in Beirut ,Lebanon,in the month of May 2010.Solo
Solo exhibition at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery,Washington DC.USA,April2011.Solo
Solo exhibition at the Islamic Resource Center,Greenfield Wisconsin,USA,June 2011
Joint exhibition at the Biennal Dever Art Fair,Brussels,Belgium,August 14th 2011
Solo exhibition at the Frieh Gallery in Manama,Bahrain,in 2011
Solo exhibition at the 4walls Gallery in Dubai,UAE.2011
Solo exhibition at the Spontanious Art Museum,Brussels, Belgium,January 12th 2012
Joint exhibition at the Delaware County Community College,Penn. USA,March 1st 2012
Adib's works are being presented by the Filu forum of Germany in its archive and CD forms, available at the annual Frankfort Book Fair.
Some of Adib's paintings are available in postcards sold by T.B.Z (Tarek Bin Zeyad) company in Syria, as well as other postcards printed and sold by Gutsch Verlog Company Germany.
Address: P.O. Box 36708 Mazzeh Damascus, Syria
Phone: 963 11 6831318 // Cell: 963 94 970969