Kazem Khalil


Born in Lattakia 1965, Kazem Khalil lives the agony of the Diaspora in Europe, with all the passion of a hard-working Arab expressionist. The distant past of his village Basnada still lives within this Paris-based expressionist. He jumps out of his own works—literarily speaking to his audience, through an art-form that has been acknowledged across the globe. His brown-clad works speak volumes of a uniqueness, a particularity in Syrian contemporary art, that tells the inner story of Kazem Khalil.

He is a member of the Association of Plastic Art in Syria, the Arab Union of Plastic Arts and the International Association of Plastic Arts (IAA) to UNESCO to name a few. He has held numerous solo and group exhibitions both in Syria and abroad, such as the International Bienniale of Sharjah, UAE in 1997 and 1999, and the Grand Marché d’Art Contemporain, Space Entertainment, La Bastille, Paris and Europia Gallery in Paris, France in 2007 and 2008. He was also a Professor of “Techniques of Drawing and Colors” at the Sharjah Art Institute (1997 to 2000). Kazem Khalil has been awarded numerous international awards such as the “National Union of Professional Artists” prize in Paris, France and the First professional prize, St. Loup, France in 2004.