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.
Born in 1962 in Washington D.C.the son of a diplomat, Adib spent most of his time 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 Lebanon 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.
Adib has exhibited in Europe the USA, Canada and in the Middle east.
Joint exhibition sponsored by Shell Company at Maktab Anbar, Damascus, May 2001;
Solo exhibition at the Institut 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 exhibition at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery, Washington DC.USA, April 2011.
Joint exhibition at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery for a special exhibit entitled “Breaching the Wall, Washington DC., USA, May 2011
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
Joint charity exhibit entitled "Bashayer," alongside other Arab artists, to support children with cancer in Khobar, Saudi Arabia. November 13th to 16th,2011
Solo exhibition at the Spontaneous Art Museum, Brussels, Belgium, January 12th 2012
Solo exhibition at the 4walls Gallery in Dubai, UAE.March.2012
Joint exhibition at the Delaware County Community College, Penn. USA,March2012
Joint exhibition at the Ecolintannuelle Open art Exhibition, Cologny, Switzerland - April 23rd-April27.2012
Joint exhibition at Parallax art Fair, Oct,12th to14th,2012. London, United Kingdom
Joint exhibition at the Peoples Gallery in Damascus, Syria-July10th-Sept.10th, 2012
Solo exhibition at the Mardin Biennial in Turkey presented by the Museum of Everything, London. From September 21 to October 21, 201
Solo exhibition at Babel Theater, Beirut, Lebanon fromFebruary 19 to March 3rd,2013
Solo exhibition at Museum der Stadt Bad Ischi in Austria from March 1st to end of May, 2013
Solo exhibition at Woodrow Wilson Institute in Washington DC.USA, March 15th to May 15th, 2013
Joint exhibition, organised by the Parivesh Kala Sansthan, Dec.20th toDec.22, 2013, an NGO which supports and promotes the Indian visual arts culture, Jaipur, India.
Joint exhibition,”My Neighbours”Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, Turkey, From January 8th
To May 8th,2014.
Joint exhibition, All India Art Exhibition, Jaipur, India January 31st, 2014
Joint exhibition at Gallery Espaces Ephemeres, Beirut, Lebanon, May 8th to June 30th,2014
Joint exhibition at the Fall Exhibition organised by the Ministry of Culture at Khan Asaad Basha, Damascus from November 16th,2015 to November 26th,2015.
Solo exhibition at S.V.Gallery, Subject: Palestine, Saifi Village From from April 19th to May 7th, 2016
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.
Contributed three ACEO prints to the Small Art From The Heart (SAFTH) international art exhibit in Newaygo, Michigan, August 11th through September 2nd, 2012."
Work cited in INSITA,2010-By the International Exhibition 0f Self-taught Art, produced by theSlovak National Gallery and chosen by an International jury.pp.44-45
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.
Prints made from select paintings at CreativeDee.com,
"Was selected by a jury to exhibit work at the 52nd International Exhibition of The San Deigo Art Institute, San Diego, California in 2013. The work was selected amongst 1200 other artworks from all over the world."