The subjects in Syrian artist Mohamad Khayata's thoughtful illustrative folk paintings are evocations of sentiments and memories. Born in Damascus, Syria, Khayata was forced to flee his home country due to mounting conflict. His paintings convey an array of emotions, ranging from bliss and comfort to tension and uncertainty. Many of his paintings portray a sense of transience, which is all the more palpable when considering that Khayata's intimate work is a tribute to displaced people; mothers and workers, and to their daily life stories that, far from familiar surroundings, are filled with effort and hope.
This figurative painting created with acrylic on canvas is 47 inches tall by 39 inches wide. It is signed and dated by the artist on the front and back of the canvas. Free local Los Angeles area delivery and professional installation, including placement and hardware. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping. A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included with this original work.
This artwork is also part of a new photographic series by the artist, in which Khayata's illustrative paintings are strategically placed to mingle with people and the environment. These paintings amass a memorial narrative; connecting the artist and the viewer to the rich cultural heritage of Syria and the larger narrative of what it means to be home.
Khayata’s has been living in Beirut, Lebanon since 2012. His work is a resounding call for transformation and unity within his home country. His photography project "Stitching my Syria back" was chosen to be part in Journeys Festival International 2016 as a landmark for the “Look up” project in Leicester, where his photographs were installed on ten buildings. In the last five years, Khayata also participated to ten collective exhibitions across Europe and the Middle East. Holding his BA in Fine Arts obtained at Damascus University, Khayata is a bastion of Syrian legacy, memory, home, and happiness.