Untitled by Youssef Abdelke
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About the Artist

Born in 1951, Youssef Abdelke lives and works in Syria. Abdelke graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and went on to obtain a diploma in etching from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1986 and a PhD in Plastic Arts, from University Paris VIII in 1989.
From the eighties until the mid-nineties, Abdelke produced a collection of artworks (engraving on copper or zinc and drawings with pastel) in which characters are sardonically portrayed.

In more recent works (charcoal on paper), he draws still life subjects such as knives, shoes, or monumental-sized birds.
Abdelke’s works are housed in private collections and in museums, amongst which are the British Museum, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Amman Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of Kuwait.

Selected Exhibitions:
2014: Claude Lemand Gallery, Paris
2014: Grand Palais, Art Paris Art Fair
2014: Tanit Gallery, Beirut
2011: Sharjah International Biennial
2007: Ayyam Gallery, Dubai
2006: Ayyam Gallery, Damascus
2005: Khan Asaad Pasha presented by Atassi Gallery, Damascus
2001: Khan Assad Pasha presented by Atassi Gallery, Damascus and Unesco Palace, Beirut, 2001: 8th International Biennial, Cairo