Nizar Sabour was born in 1958 in Lattakia, Syria. Nizar graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting and Drawing in 1981, Damascus, Syria. He has a PhD in Philosophy and Sciences of Art, Moscow, Russia 1990. Currently, Nizar is a teaching professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University as well as a Professor at the International Private University for Science & Technology, Syria.
Nizar Sabour’s artworks conform to two main themes, the first containing strong religious undertones, that reflect the artist’s fascination with religious imagery, whether Christian, Islamic or pagan. The second theme is especially poetic and reminiscent of Dada collages.
Sabour’s images tend to appear archaic, often using ‘traditional’ elements, in diptych and triptychs. Some of his works are carved in wood, while others are painted on canvas. He often employs flattened perspectives and a minimal colour pallete, using materials reminiscent of the Dada movement as opposed to the delicate precise nature of religious iconography.
From the 1970s, Sabour’s work has been on display at numerous prestigious international solo and group exhibitions all over the world – from the Middle East to Asia, Europe and North America. He has exhibited in the following countries: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Greece, Tunisia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, UAE, Turkey, USA, Germany, France, Switzerland, Russia and China.
1995 - First Prize of Painting, First Almahabba Biennale, Lattakia, Syria.
1995 - Certificate of Recognition, Second Sharjha Biennale, Sharjah. 2004 - First Prize of Painting, International Art Symposium, Dubai.
2006 - Prize for the Fourth Tahran Biennale of Contemporary Art in the Islamic world.
The Artist Work can be Found in:
National Museum and the People's Palace, Syria.
National Museum of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
Museum of Bahrain.
Museum of Eastern Peoples Arts, Moscow, Russia.
Oscar Gallery, Washington.
In Private Collections Distributed Around the World.
The message from Sabour:
“Art is my soulmate. I have studied, worked and dedicated my whole life towards it. The result is that I am very much grateful for art - it gives meaning to an otherwise meaningless life. Art makes the personal experience useful for the public and preserves the human effort.
Art is not a hobby that you can get bored of, it is something you keep with you for life.
When the war reached the mountains of Qalamoun and the peaceful town of Maloula, where people still speak the dialect of Christ, I was outraged. I created a collection of paintings that reflected the emotional effect the crisis had on the peaceful Syrian town. z
I drew a dark storm over the sacred city. It was so dark even the gods were shaken and fled. The guardians of Qalamoun are the saints and angels trying to protect this city. Another painting is like a yellowing historic document with all the authentication stamps of the ancient and modern world. Never before was Maaloula harmed, not until 2014 when the terrorists vandalised it beyond recognition. It would be a world heritage.”
1976 - Fine Arts Center, Lattakia.
1982 - Cultural Center, Lattakia.
1991 - AlSayed Art Gallery, Damascus. Imar Gallery, Lattakia.
1992 - Bilad al-Sham Gallery, Aleppo.
1993 - Damascus Gallery, Damascus.
1994 - Ashtar Gallery, Damascus.
1995 - Atassi Gallery, Damascus.
1997 - AlSayed Art Gallery, Damascus. Imar Gallery, Lattakia. Al Khanji Gallery, Aleppo.
1998 - Exhibition (Fallen Body Reproched by Soul) Kuzah Gallery and Atassi Gallery.
1999 - Bilad al-Sham Gallery, Aleppo.
2000 - Exhibition (Soul Gates) Atassi Gallery, Damascus.
2001 - Exhibition (About Love) Imar Gallery, Lattakia.
2002 - Exhibition (Life in Ashes) Atassi Gallery, Damascus.
2003 - Exhibition (About Damascus) Fateh Muddaress Gallery, Damascus.
2005 - Exhibition (Antara our Time) Art House Gallery, Khan Assaad Pasha, Damascus. Exhibition (Life in Ashes) Bilad al-Sham, Aleppo.
2007 - Exhibition (Happiness as Possible) Art House, Damascus. Exhibition (Antara our Time) Kalimat Gallery, Aleppo.
2008 - Exhibition (Happiness as Possible) Museum of Modern Art, Lattakia. Retrospective Exhibition from 1973 to 2008, Discover Virtual Syria Gallery.
2009 - Exhibition (Palmyra's Walls) Tajalliyat Art Gallery, Damascus.
Contributions in Joint Exhibitions:
1975 - Annual Exhibition of Syrian Artists.
1992 - Exhibition (Five Artists From Syria) Wafaa Gallery, Damascus.
1995 - First Almahabba Biennale, Lattakia.
1999 - Exhibition (Beit Sibaie Artists) Ashtar Gallery, Damascus. Exhibition (Even War have Limits) the Red Cross Headquarters, Damascus.
2000 - Exhibition (2000 Assembly) Monte Rosa, Damascus. Exhibition (Humanities) National Museum, Damascus. Exhibition (Chairs Chairs), Damascus, Aleppo, Lattakia.
2001 - Exhibition (Women and War) the Red Cross Headquarters, Damascus.
2006 - Exhibition (Trends) Beit Jabri, Damascus. Exhibition (Aleppo the Capital of Arab Culture) Kalimat Gallery, Aleppo.
2007 - Exhibition (Artists in Jableh Archaeological Scene) Jableh.
2008 - Teachers Exhibition, Palmyra. Exhibition (Opening Kamel Gallery) Damascus. Exhibition (Commemoration of the Syrian Fine Arts Memory III) Dummar Museum.
2009 - Exhibition (Paris-Damascus-Regards Croises), National Museum, Damascus. Exhibition (Paris-Aleppo) Karma Gallery, Aleppo.
1993 - Solo Exhibition, Maram Gallery, Beirut.
1999 - Exhibition (Syrian Atelier), the UNESCO Palace, Beirut.
2003 - Solo Exhibition, Aida Shurfan Gallery and the French Cultural Center, Beirut.
1999 - Exhibition (Even Wars Have Limits) the Red Cross Headquarters, Amman
2001 - Exhibition (About Love) Solo Exhibition, Gallery Dar Al-Mashreq, Amman. Exhibition (Women and War) the Red Cross headquarters, Amman
2002 - Exhibition (Modern Art) Jordanian Royal Museum
2008 - Solo Exhibition (Happiness as Possible), Ruaa Gallery, Amman
1994 - Exhibition (Five Syrian Artists) Gallery of Cairo Atelier, Cairo.
1996 - Sixth Cairo Biennale, Cairo .
1998 - Solo Exhibition, Cairo Atelier Gallery, Cairo.
1999 - 2000 Alexandria Biennale, Alexandria.
1997 - Solo Exhibition, Arts Center Gallery, Manama.
1998 - Exhibition (Beit Sibai Artists) Alfayrouz Gallery, Manama.
2010 - Exhibition (Chairs and a Painting) Albareh Gallery.
United Arab Emirates
1995 - Second Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah.
1997 - Third Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah.
1998 - Exhibition (Salutation to Dubai), Dubai Museum, Dubai.
1999 - Fourth Sharjah Biennale, Sharjah.
2001 - Exhibition (Four Contemporary Syrian Experiments) Green Art Gallery, Dubai.
2004 - International Arts Symposium, Emaar, Dubai.
2005 - Exhibition (Syrian Cultural Week), Abu Dhabi.
2008 - Exhibition (Opening of Quadro Art Gallery), Dubai.
2009 - Collective Exhibition, Quadro Art Gallery, Dubai.
1992 - Solo Exhibition, Free Studio Gallery, Kuwait.
2004 - Solo Exhibition, Ahmad Aledwani Gallery, Kuwait.
2010 - Solo Exhibition (Happiness Walls) F.A. Gallery.
2006 - Exhibition (Opening Hiwar Art Gallery) Riyadh.
2006 - Fourth Mediterranean Biennale, Tunisia.
1988 - Exhibition (Young Russians), Manning Gallery, Moscow.
1989 - Exhibition (Youth of Socialist Countries), Manning Gallery, Moscow.
1990 - Solo Exhibition, Gallery of Central House Artist, Moscow.
1992 - Exhibition (Syrian Art Today) Oscar Gallery, Washington.
2008 - Collective Exhibition, Fort Hamilton Gallery, New York.
2001 - Retrospective Exhibition, Exhibitions Palace Gallery, Leon. Exhibition (Syrian Contemporary Art) Arab World Institute, Paris. Dual Exhibition, Gerard Chomar Gallery, Leon.
2008 - Exhibition (Damascus-Paris-Regards Croises), Arab World Institute, Paris.
2010 - Solo Exhibition (Palmyra's Icon), Europia Gallery, Paris.
2001 - Exhibition (Women and War) the Red Cross Headquarters, Geneva.
2002 - Exhibition (Free European Art), Geneva.
2004 - Exhibition (Contemporary Arab Art), Frankfurt.
2008 - Exhibition (For You and Me) Holbein4 Gallery, Hanover.
2009 - Solo Exhibition (News From Syria) Holbein4 Gallery, Hanover.
2006 - Fourth Tahran Biennale of Contemporary Art in the Islamic world.
2005 - Exhibition (Artist 2005) Istanbul.
2006 - Exhibition ( Sham Days) Istanbul.
2007 - Exhibition (Syrian Contemporary Art) Athens.
2010 - Fourteenth Asiatic Biennale.
2010 - Arabic Arts, Shanghai.