Plastic Artist Osama Diab: Electronic exhibitions are a new way to present the message of Syrian art to the world

“Drama”, was the painting that artist Osama Diab participated with in  the electronic Syrian Plastic Exhibition in Ukraine, relying on the expressive style that  he adopts in his paintings based on the reduction of the most feminine human cases.

Regarding the exhibition, artist Diab said in a statement to SANA: "The idea of an electronic exhibition was necessary in light of the Corona pandemic that threatens the world, and many precautionary procedures have been imposed, including a ban on travel and displaying in art galleries".

The celebration of the Syrian Cultural Days will start tomorrow with more than 90 activities across the country

 On November 22, the activities of the Syrian Culture Days will start tomorrow evening (on November 23) , under the title “My Culture, My Identity”.

The activities include cultural programs prepared by the directorates and institutions of the Ministry of Culture to celebrate its 62nd anniversary in Damascus and other governorates.

The activities, which will continue until November 26, include more than 90 activities in the artistic, cinematic, theatrical, intellectual and heritage fields, starting with the official opening ceremony at Dar Al-Assad for Culture and Arts, and a plastic art exhibition.

Munther Sharabi, is a plastic artist influenced by Aleppo's architecture and its harsh stones and depicts life of its children

The plastic artist, Munther Sharabi, has a rich artistic career that was filled with hundreds of exhibitions, which he left for the  generations to come, in which he made every effort to present a visual language that respects the feelings and mind of the recipient and stimulates his interest. So, many critics describe him as one of the leading contemporary Arab impressionist plastic artists.

 Sharabi, who studied art at the Fine Arts Center in Aleppo at the hands of senior plastic artists, was inspired by the depth of society and nature. Colors for him are the main axes in his paintings, which he mixes with his feelings, so that they appear fertile and frank.

Sharabi told SANA correspondent that he was one of the owners of the Impressionist school that wanted to change public taste and transfer reality directly from nature away from imagination. He expressed his admiration for the work of the pioneers of Impressionism such as Monier, Koch and Cezanne.

Sharabi, who was born in Aleppo in 1948.He was impressed by its architecture, its harsh stones and depicted its children’s life. He wandered among its simple people, contemplating, talking with them and hoarding in his memory the spectrum of their lives then emptying his thoughts  into paintings expressing his love and appreciation for them.

 Sharabi recovers the names of pioneers in the plastic movement in Syria, whom he  studied at their hands and gained from their knowledge and rich heritage. He learnt to choose his subjects from the depth of society, confirming that the artist's works reflect his intellectual and cultural background, his environment and his society.

Sharabi  has been imbued with the love of nature since his childhood as his family used to spend most of the summer vacation in nature.  During his studies at the Arts Center , he used to  accompany some colleagues for painting in nature, this increased his interest and love for it, so he presented many works that tell the beauty of our country.

Opening Rozana Crafts and Handicraft Exhibition in Old Aleppo

With the participation of 22 civil and student bodies representing professions, handicrafts and heritage, the activities of the Rozana Crafts and Handicrafts Exhibition opened on Saturday in the old city of Aleppo.

The exhibition was held by Aleppo University branch of the National Union of Syrian Students, in cooperation with the Syrian Professional Center. The professions varied between engraving on wood, stone, and  copper, Arabic calligraphy, glass making, metal forming, carpets, hand loom, hand embroidery, fur and leather.

Head of the National Union of Syrian Students, Darin Suleiman, said in a statement to SANA that the exhibition reflects the culture and civilization of an ancient and large city like Aleppo that has a long history in the cultural heritage. The exhibition also constitutes a message to the university youth generation to raise awareness of the importance of heritage and the need to preserve it after terrorism targeted it during the years of the war on Syria. The partnership today between craftsmen and their young generation is a call to the need to protect this heritage over generations.

The head of the Syrian Professional Center Association, Mustafa Al-Nou, stated that the exhibition aims at reviving and preserving these crafts, underlining the importance of providing support to their owners to preserve these professions across generations. He pointed out that the professions and crafts embodied works of heritage such as the Ugarit alphabet, cuneiform letters, paintings of ceilings and woodwork, and the ancient loom for archiving cultural heritagewhich terrorism sabotaged and destroyed.

Syrian cartoonist wins prize for best cartoon in 9th Sejong international contest in Korea

Syrian cartoonist Raed Khalil  has won a prize for best cartoon at the 9th Sejong International Cartoon Contest SICACO 2020, Korea.

479 cartoonists from 45 countries took part in the competition.

Al-Khalil's winning cartoon work depicted the theme of the contest, which is "Freedom and Equality". He featured how some parties seek to exploit these important humanitarian issues in order to gain benefits regardless of people's feelings and suffering.

Cartoonist Raed Khalil, who won the State Encouragement Prize last year, won dozens of awards in international cartoon competitions. He  also has been the Director of Syria's International Caricature Festival since its beginning.