Khaled Dawwa is a Syrian artist and sculptor based in France since late 2014. He was born in 1985 in the city of Masyaf, west of Syria, and completed his university studies in Damascus where he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts – Sculpture Department in 2007.

Since his early childhood, Khaled has been interested in the concepts of mass and dimensions, and has begun to experiment with the use of available tools. This encouraged him to complete his secondary education in the professional field, where he gained considerable technical expertise and supported his studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts.

The core characters to Khaled’s work began to crystallize with his graduation project from the Faculty of Fine Arts, which was titled “In Waiting” for the political and social subject to dominate later.

During his graduation project, which coincided with major political and social transformations in Arab societies, including Syria, Khaled’s obsession with the role and impact of art in people’s lives dominated his approach.

Later, Khaled joined the “Al Bustan” cultural group in Damascus in early 2011, where he helped establish and equip the centre. He continued to work there until 2013.

He then travelled to Lebanon where he spent a year hiding, working secretly and continuing his art through the creation of the clay and knife Facebook page.

Khaled currently lives in Paris and continues to work at his studio there.

 

Solo Exhibitions:

2017: “Debout!”, The European Festival of Ceramic Arts “Terralha”,  Saint Quentin la Poterie, France.

2015: “Compressed”, Gallery Europia, Paris, France.

2015: “Compressed”, Gallery Charivari, Marseille, France.

 

Group Exhibitions:

2018: Uprooted, the Spring meeting of World bank group, World Bank Group Building, Washington, USA.

2018: Global Syria confernce, solo presentation “Debout!”, Arab World Institute, Paris, France.

2018: Les vitrines de l’atelier des artistes en exil, “Debout!” Colletion , Palais Royale, Paris, France.

2018: Behind the lines, Mahon Hall, Salt Spring Arts Council (SSAC), Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada

2018:  Behind the lines, Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, Victoria BC, Canada.

2018: Behind the lines, Gallery at The Military Museums, Université de Calgary, Alberta, Canada

2017:  Jardines Des Ligueux, Le vourg/ Ligueux, France.  

2017: Amour, Paix et Révolution, Photo Exhibition of Clay&Knife collection, Dar Lamifa, Marseille, France.

2017: Behind the lines, Yukon Art Center, College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

2016: L’Exposition d’hiver, Centre d’art Contemporain Chanot, Clamart, France.

2016: Les murs ne servent à rien, Fonderie Kugler, Geneva, Switzerland.

2016:  La Biennale de Stonefield, Perreux, Yonne, France.

2016:  Behind the lines, Duncan United Church, Duncan, BC, Canada

2016: Behind the lines, Galerie Penticton, Canada.

2016: Med’In Peace, Château de Bosredon, Volvic, France.

2016: Med’In Peace, The museum of Contemporary Art in Montélimar, France.

2016: Art from Syria, Rafia Arts, Dubai.

2016: Shared Ego, February 2016- Europia Gallery- Paris, France.

2010: Cement in Formation 2, French Cultural Centre, Damascus, Syria.

2009: Cement in Formation 1, French Cultural Centre, Damascus, Syria.

2008: Graduate’s Exhibition, French Cultural Centre, Damascus, Syria

2008/2009/2010: Spring’s Exhbition, Khan Assa’d Basha, Damascus, Syria.

2007: Graduate’s Exhibition, Damascus University, Faculty of fine arts, Damascus, Syria

 

Experience:

2015- Present: Private Studio, Vanves, France.

2017:  Artistic cooperation in the performance “Transaction” by the Choreographer and dancer Mithkal Alzghair, Centre National de la Danse, Pantin, France.

2016: Artistic Residence, Cultural office of  Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, Saint Quentin la Poterie, France.

2011_2013: Cultural center for sculpture “El Bustan”, Damascus, Syria.

2012: Drawing Workshop (For children 7 to 12 years), IDP Camp, Damascus, Syria.

2004- 2010: Decoration’s design and implementation,  Syrian Drama’s Series, Damascus, Syria.