Biography: Farid Abdulbaki
Farid is a classical and contemporary sculptor, painter and ceramicist with over 19 years of experience working in fine art.He was born in 1977 in Homs, Syria, the son of a sculptor, and he graduated from Damascus College of Fine Art in 2000. Upon graduation, as a sculptor and ceramicist, Farid was commissioned by several museums and commercial galleries in Syria, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to create works in bronze and clay and he also painted in oils. Farid left Syria in 2012 to escape the war.
He has held numerous teaching positions and most recently taught ceramics and micro-mosaic at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK Berlin). Throughout his life Farid has been influenced by the writings of Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master, Michel Foucault, Claude Levi -Strauss, Jacques Derrida and feminist theory. His artistic influences are derived from the classical, romantic works of Caravaggio and the surrealism of Salvador Dali.
Whilst In Berlin, Farid met Ira Hoffecker, a Victoria-based artist, in 2016 and was inspired by her colour palate and knowledge of art. He credits Ira with awakening a sense of colour into his life and encouraging him to paint again. Since it was impossible to sculpt or work in clay, Farid walked daily throughout Berlin, sketching images and painting in watercolour. He moved to Victoria, British Columbia in March, 2019 to be reunited with his family after a separation of just over 3 years.
Exhibitions: Farid Abdulbaki
2000 Prince Salman Social Center, Saudi Arabia
2000 Al Kharid Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2001 Alwalan Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2002 Alwalan Gallery, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2014 CKM Caddebostan, Kültür Merkezi, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 Green Park Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
2017 Kirchengalerie, Hornstrasse 7, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
2018 Bler Kroutz Benig Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2018 Give Me Five Ksalon Galerie, Bergmannstrase, Berlin, Germany
2018 The Belly of a Whale,Tapir Galerie, Berlin, Germany
2018 Kirchengalerie, Hornstrasse 7, Kreuzberg, Berlin, Germany
2018 Mehrgenerationen Haus, Berlin, Germany
2018 Galerie Schöneberg with Christina Gahani, Berlin, Germany