Welcome to Adib Fattal

Adib Fattal was born in 1962 in Washington D.C. He spent most of his life in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. He graduated with a B.B.A in International Marketing from the City University of New York. He began his career in business but soon abandoned it to dedicate his life to graphic art. Since 2001, Adib has exhibited his work in many places around the world.Adib's work has been cited by the International Exhibition of Self-Taught Art (INISTA) in 2010,produced by the Slovak National Gallery and chosen by an international jury. His work was shown in 2012 at the Museum of Everything, curated by James Brett, at the Mardin Biennial. Adib Fattal is an eternal optimist. He is a dreamer who guides us back to the age of innocence. In his search for beauty, he evokes only joyful images of the world. Many of the places he draws are imaginary, others are real places transformed into richer and more intricate locales. His paintings are ablaze with color and movement: cities and villages are inhabited by happy people engaged in their daily lives and living in harmony with each other and their surroundings. There are fishermen, farmers and women, men and children picking oranges, planting trees, praying and playing soccer against a historical building of elaborate design. All these scenes are depicted with an absolute conviction that all is well under the sun. Adib believes in a better and more harmonious world and is confident that this better place can exist if only people were given a chance. Adib believes that people, working together, hold the key to the future. His motto is “power to the people.” Adib does not belong to any particular school. His style is a combination of primitive art and fantasy. Some paintings look like miniatures in Persian art, others recall Palestinian embroidery or mosaics in a mosque. He mostly relies on acid-free felt pens to decorate his landscapes. At present, Adib lives in a town outside Damascus, Syria, where he paints and looks after his family, which includes his baby son, Dia, a dog, cat, and a large collection of birds, including a clever parrot. While the situation in Syria continues to pose difficult living conditions for Adib and his family, his incessant optimism has not stopped him from pursuing his passion for art and for believing in a better and sunnier future.