Farid Shankan: a creative Damascene artist who excels in Syrian formation, Shami Arabesque and marble mosaic

The artist, Farid Shankan, was influenced by the civilizational and architectural character of his city, Damascus, as it emerged strongly through his various artistic creations through its temporal and spatial heritage, which represents the heritage of the Syrian city with all its details of lanes, streets, narrow alleys and walls.

Shankan stated to SANA that all art meets in old Damascus, where the art of marble and sculpture meets stone and antique, the shape of water pond stones and their fountains, the Ornamentation and engraving of its ceilings and the walls of alternating colors of its old houses.


The artist Shankan believes that all of these ancient arts that exist in Damascus, give the Damascene, the Syrian, and even the foreigner who lives in it an indescribable spiritual and mystical dimension as a treasure that fills his memory for life and gives him peace and tranquility.

Shankan, who learned Arabic calligraphy and decoration before studying it academically, finds that studying art does not make an artist, although it contributes to giving him the first lines through the advice and guidance of teachers, indicating that the student who studies plastic art must in turn complete the path himself through his long experiences and daily practice for art and the pursuit of creativity and excellence, to know his strengths and to repair his weaknesses.

Concerning the artists that Shankan influenced by, he confirms that the late great artists such as Fatih Al-Mudaris and Nazir Naba'a, as well as Afif Bahnassi and Hassan Kamal, are who introduced him to the Shami and Andalusian heritage.

The Damascene artist points out that plastic art and heritage art depend on the skill of hand and thought, but each art has its function and different effect on the soul and the eye, stressing that the difference is the creator, the talented artist, and the artist's love and passion for what he paints or creates.

Shankan explains that his long experience and passion for the art of Levantine decoration and heritage mainly contributed to the construction and formation of his painting later and  this is clearly evident in his expressive plastic works, as he benefited from the Syrian heritage, with the drawings, symbols, and colors he forms in executing the plastic work.

Shankan stresses that the plastic artist must be distinguished through his privacy and to benefit from his diverse cultural heritage,  but the visual text and the method of its composition and distribution of its components is the main creative factor, so he worked to employ the heritage of Damascus and integrate it into the features and the composition of the texture of his plastic and expressive painting, so that he is not merely an echo of other international artists, Showing his imprint that distinguishes him from others.

Artist Farid Shankhan, born in Damascus in 1963. He holds a BA in Fine Art, University of Damascus.

He graduated in 1986. He is a member of the Syrian and Arab Union of Plastic Artists and a specialist in Shami decorative restoration and Arab and Damascene oriental works.

He is an expert in the works of Arab heritage and its various arts, and in the marble mosaic works. He participated in many plastic exhibitions inside and outside Syria, and his works are acquired in many countries of the world.


Amal Farhat