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Thaer Hilal, Syria

Thaer Hilal, Syria

Contemporary artist Thaer Hilal has compared the seasonal colors of his village, Al Nassireya, outside Damascus, with the patterned hues present in his paintings. He work has been featured in several international exhibits, museums and biennales, where he's picked up awards. In addition to painting, he's created installations. He told Al Arabiya recently: “Though I embody the pace of people, I am just a bystander who imparts everything around me to my paintings.” Hilal also lectures on art runs creative workshops for kids in the UAE, where he's based.

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