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Khaled Al Maz

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1938    Born in Latakia, Syria.


1964    Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts (Major In Painting) - Faculty of Fine Arts - Cairo University – Egypt .

1964-1966   Teacher Of Arts In High Schools - Latakia – Syria.

1966-1970   Director Of Figurative Arts Center - Ministry Of Culture - Latakia – Syria.

1970-1974   Certified High Diploma In Paintings And Sculpture - National School Of Fine Arts (Ecole National Superieure des Beaux-Arts)-Paris-France And Granted The Equivalent Syrian PhD.

1975-1980   Teacher of Paintings - Faculty Of Fine Arts- Damascus University.

1980-1981   Scientific Affairs Secretary - Faculty of Fine Arts – Damascus University.

1981-1982    Head of Figurative Arts Department - Faculty Of Fine Arts - Damascus University.

1982    Assistant Professor of Paintings and Sculpture - Faculty of Fine Arts - Damascus University.

1982-1991   Dean for Faculty of Fine Arts - Damascus University.

1987   Professor of Paintings and Sculpture - Faculty of Fine Arts - Damascus University.

1992-2001   Head for Department of Figurative Arts - Faculty of Fine Arts - Damascus University.

2002    Delegated To U.S.A - Research Mission - University Of Nebraska – Omaha.

2003 - Present Day professor at Damascus University, Art department.

Established many Local and Abroad Art Fairs Individually and Groups. Participated in all the official opposition inside and outside Syria between 1954-2015


1960 - Gallery Soufee - Latakia, Syria.

1967 - Painting Animated - Cultural Center - Latakia, Syria.

1973 - Beaux-Arts - Paris, France.

1977 - Moscow, Russia.                      

1984 - Gallery Sedawee - Damascus, Syria.

1987 - Ornina Gallery - Damascus, Syria.

1993 - Ebla Gallery - Damascus, Syria.

1994 - Abaad Gallery - Amman, Jordan.

1995 - World of Art Gallery - Beirut, Lebanon.

1997 - Baladna Gallery - Amman.

2001 -Institute du Mond Arabe -Paris France.

2002 -Modarres gallery, Damascus, Syria.

2002 -delegated to the USA for research mission at UNO Nebraska where he had an exhibition .

2002 - Joined exhibition with American artists in Nebrasca, USA.

2005 - Alsayed gallery in Damascus, Syria.

2008 - The Art House gallery - Damascus, Syria.

2011 - Dar Alanda cordially ” Humanity Studies” Amman Jordan.

2015 - Guest of Honor at the International women club; presented a lecture about his art along the exhibition.

His artworks acquired in many museums in and outside Syria.

The acquisition of works by the Syrian Ministry of Culture / Presidency Palace, The National Museum of Damascus, The Opera House in Damascus, Doumar Museum, Aleppo Museum… and others.


Granted numerous awards and honor certificates.


Khaled Al Maz -

From one reality to another


     When Khaled Al Maz decided to become a painter in the late fifties of this last century, the majority of the Syrian artists, preceding him had an optical culture; that culture was limited to paint only reality. Skill evaluation was measured by the perfection in landscape, stills of nature, or portraits. The artistic tendency was distributed between realism and impressionism. Only a few artists, as I recall, deviated and followed the path of surrealism and that without success.


The vision of reality has attracted Khaled since the beginning. He was able to express it through a faithful objectivity and sensitivity to colors, volumes, and space. This awarded him praise and recognition on his performances and convinced him to join The Faculty of Beaux Arts in Cairo.

Studying allowed Khaled to acquire the academic principles of his profession. His graduation painting called; “Construction Workers”, is full of movement. It reflects visual reality in painting by getting close to its components, as seen through his eyes and achieved by his brushes.


After his study he made portraits of people he knew. I consider that these paintings form an important period in the production of Khaled Al Maz, and the analyst has to stand by in order to give it the objectivity it deserves. Khaled gave his portraits what he sees in the naked women, with moving lines; his bodies are made up of tall slim strokes that match the colors of the background in a different and amazing way that has made him one of the most distinguished portrait painters in Syria.


This did not forbid him from responding to new experiences and following innovation’s ways. He was influenced by the innovators in the middle sixties of the last decade. He was impressed by the ideas proposed on the level of plastic art painters, the critics in Syria, which were inviting contemporariness, and following the international experiences. Then, the artistic tendencies were distributed between the new concepts such as the expressionism, cubism and abstractionism. This fact was a motivator to those calling for painters to try changes in their conception of reality, by adding their personal vision to the subject, and for others to stay faithful to their academic concept.


In the contests we can read the production of Khaled before going to France. He tried cubism which led him to make his paintings look like an architectural abstract which made him eager to change his style, so the human shape seemed less of more clearly. His studying in Paris in the early seventies had an influence on his work which added to his old work, new knowledge in colors and shapes.


The progress Khaled made in experimentation did not take away from his depth, his fidelity to paint the reality and to represent it sensationally in his paintings. We see him coming back to his engagement, but with a new vision of reality, which is the consequence of his experiences, using new concepts afforded in contemporary plastic art. By installing a dialogue between him and the surface of his painting, this lead into innovation in colors and lines. This did not cause the elements of reality to lose their clarity in his paintings. What it did is integrate him into the role they play, following the number of works and different climates they inspire.


Damascus, December 2001

Elias Al Zayyat

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