Khayata’s works are the result of ten years of displacement and deal with themes of migration, memory and identity. His work is a tribute to displaced people whose stories are filled with effort, hope, and serene melancholy. Born in Damascus, Syria, artist Mohamad Khayata was forced to flee his home country due to ongoing political conflict. He has been living in Beirut, Lebanon since 2012.
Khayata’s monochromatic portraits, portraying women in domestic settings, are meticulously crafted, with judiciously applied hues acting as subtle strokes of emphasis, breathing life into intricate details. The backgrounds of delicately layered dry wash elicit vulnerability and emotionality.
Khayata’s work is a resounding call for transformation and unity within his home country. Women in Khayata’s work wear madeh, a homemade patchwork quilt made from clothing which harkens to personal history with his mother. This madeh also became the inspiration for his documentary photography series “Stitching My Syria Back”which was chosen to be part of Journeys Festival International 2016 as a landmark for the “Look Up” project in Leicester, England. During this public exhibition coordinated with the Royal Institute of British Architects, his photographs were installed on ten buildings, fostering a deeper connection between art and the public, highlighting empowerment and enriching the younger generation’s aspirations for the future.
In the last few years, Khayata has participated in an increasing number of collective exhibitions across Europe and the Middle East, where his distinctive style and original approach have captivated audiences, leading to sold-out exhibitions each time, cementing his status as a sought-after artist in the global art scene. Holding his BA in Fine Arts obtained at Damascus University, Khayata is a bastion of Syrian legacy, memory, home, and happiness.
2020-23 Artplex Gallery, Los Angeles
2019 “Nota Bene,” Artplex Gallery Los Angeles, California
2018 “Takhalli,” 4th edition of the Laboratory of Arts Programme, partnership with The Goethe Institute, City of Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut Art Fair, 392RMEIL393 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
“Umm Al-Zuluf,” 392RMEIL393 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
“Aegean Sea,” 392RMEIL393 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2017 “Umm Al-Zuluf,” 392RMEIL393 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon
Sharjah Art Bienalle, SAFIR
“Stitching My Syria Back Together,” The Alexandria Library, Manchester, UK
2016 “Revealing,” Beirut Art Fair, Gallery One Palestine, Beirut, Lebanon
Journeys Festival International 2016
TA’AROF workshop, Sharjah Art Bienalle, SAFIR
“Look Up,” Project in Leicester
Inside Beirut, The Gallerist, Beirut, Lebanon
“The Third Space,” British Council in London and Brussels, UK
2015 “Walking on Thread,” 392RMEIL393 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
“Sketches: Mohamad Khayata & Ahmad Naffory,” Garden of Gallery 392RMAIL393, Beirut, Lebanon
2014 “Bits & Pieces,” 392RMEIL393 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
“Syrian Art of Today,” VC Art Gallery, Oxfam, Mayfair, UK
2013 “Bits & Pieces,” 392RMEIL393 Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2017 “The Syrian Artist…”, Beirut—The New Arab. August 3, 2017.
2016 “Die Hauptstadt des Libanon”, Crazy Beirut. December 17, 2016.
2015 Oumayma Ajarra, “Mohamad Khayata, Étincelle Syrienne”, On Orient. December 19, 2015.