Khaled Malek

10 May 2014

Khaled Malek's art career began in 2003, when he started his first art campaign condemning the Iraq War, with a collection of paintings that held the name "Leave Us Alone". After leaving Syria in 2001, he moved between different Arab Gulf States, where he evolved as an artist. "My immigration has helped me improve in the fields of art direction and film writing," Malek says.

Like many artists, Malek's work was heavily impacted by the revolution. His once abstract paintings, have evolved simpler, more symbolic features, that can relate to the Syrian street. Not owning his own atelier has also forced him to substitute his beloved painting brush, for digital art and design. Malek's work has been exhibited in France, Turkey, Arab Gulf and the US. His exhibition's proceeds were all directed to support the uprising in Syria. He has also participated in several documentaries about the revolution, that will be released soon.

The artist feels a deep connection with the people of Syria, which urged him to transform their suffering into powerful imagery that can be perceived by the whole world. In Syrian Passport, the artist portrays the poor conditions of Syrian refugees, who "escaped the regime's brutality, only to be faced with the ill-treatment and injustice of a new government," as he puts it.

Nostalgia for his hometown Douma, in the outskirts of Damascus, also finds its way into his artworks. Grapes of Freedom portrays the courage of the people of Douma, and Malek's pride of being the son of this resistant city.

Khaled Malek believes that revolution is a battle with multiple tools. His weapon is his painting brush, and his role is to deliver the voice of the people through his colors.


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