Adib Fattal... Biography

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.


  • Joint exhibition sponsored by Shell Company at Maktab Anbar, Damascus , May 2001;
  • Solo exhibition at the Istitut francis d'etudes arabes de Damas, April 2003;
  • Solo exhibition at the Ishtar Gallery, Damascus, December 2002;
  • Solo exhibition at the American University of Cairo on the occasion of "The Year of Palestine.", April 2003;
  • Solo exhibition at the Nassir Shawra Gallery, Damascus, June 2004;
  • Solo exhibition at the Orex Expo in Montreal, Canada, in July-August 2004;
  • Solo exhibition at the Safrkhan Gallery in Zamalek, Cairo in April 2005;
  • Solo exhibition at the V.M art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan, December 2006;
  • Solo exhibition at the Primitive Art Gallery , Cracow, Poland , September 2007;
  • Solo exhibition at the Otrebusy Museum of Folk Art, Warsaw, December 2007;
  • Solo exhibition at the Galerie Janine Rubeiz,Beirut,June 2008;
  • Joint exhibition at the Camden Art Gallery,London,October 2008;
  • Solo exhibition a t the Zamaan Art Gallery,Beirut,Lebanon,May,2009;
  • Joint exhibition at the Hammer Gallery in Holland,Amsterdam, November,2009;
  • Solo exhibition at the Solidere Gallery in Beirut ,Lebanon,in the month of May 2010. ;
  • Solo exhibition at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery,Washington DC.USA,April2011.;
  • Joint exhibition at the Jerusalem Fund Gallery for a special exhibit entitled “Breaching the Wall,Washington DC.,USA,May2011
  • Solo exhibition at the Islamic Resource Center,Greenfield Wisconsin,USA,June 2011
  • Joint exhibition at the Biennal Dever Art Fair,Brussels,Belgium,August 14th 2011
  • Joint charity exhibit entitled "Bashayer," alongside other Arab artists, to support children with cancer in Khobar ,SaudiArabia.November13th to 16th,2011;
  • Solo exhibition at the Spontanious Art Museum,Brussels, Belgium,January 12th 2012;
  • Solo exhibition at the 4walls Gallery in Dubai,UAE All of March,2012;
  • Joint exhibition at the Delaware County Community College,Penn. USA,March2012;
  • Joint exhibition at the Ecolintannuelle Open art Exhibition, Cologny,Switzerland-April 23rd-April27.2012;
  • Joint exhibition at Parallax art Fair, Oct,12th to14th,2012 .London,United Kingdom;
  • Joint exhibition at the Peoples Gallery in Damascus,Syria-July10th-Sept.10th,2012;
  • Solo exhibition at the Mardin Biennial in Turkey presented by the Museum of Everything, London. From September 21 to October 21, 2012,
  • Solo exhibition at Babel Theater,Beirut,Lebanon fromFebruary 19 to March 3rd,2013;
  • Solo exhibition at Museum der Stadt Bad Ischi in Austria from March 1st to end of May,2013;
  • Solo exhibition at Woodrow Wilson Institute in Washington DC.USA,March 15th to May15th,2013;
  • Joint exhibition, organized by the Parivesh Kala Sansthan,Dec.20th toDec.22 ,2013,an NGO which supports and promotes the Indian visual arts culture, Jaipur, India.;
  • Joint exhibition,”My Neighbours”Museum of Modern Art,Istanbul,Turkey,From January 8th To May 8th,2014.;
  • Joint exhibition,All India Art Exhibition,Jaipur,IndiaJanuary31st,2014;
  • Joint exhibition at Gallery EspacesEphemeres,Beirut,Lebanon,May 8th to June 30th,2014;
  • Joint exhibition at the Fall Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Culture at Khan Asaad Basha,Damascus from November 16th,2015 to November 26th,2015 ;.
  • Solo exhibition at S.V.Gallery,Subject:Palestine,Saifi Village,Beirut,Lebanon From from April 19th to May 7th ,2016;
  • Solo exhibition at S.V.Gallery,Subject Moorish Spain ,Saifi Village,Beirut,Lebanon, From November 6th to November the 18th,2017,;
  • Joint exhibition titleld Exhibit “Homes: Syrian Stories Through Atrtists’ Eyes at the Museo della Cultura (MUDEC) Milan, May 05-May 20, 2018 organized by The Cultural Association L'Art9 together with the London-based Litehouse Gallery;
  • Joint exhibition at the Armena Art Fair,Yerevan,Armenia,represented by Litehouse Gallery,Subject: Syria,May 11th Sto May 14th 2018
  • joint exhibition at the 11th Art Naif Festival in Szyb Wilson Gallery, Katowice, Poland,from 8th June to 10th August 2018.
  • Joint exhibition at the French Cultural center,Ankara,Turkey,organized by ArthereIstanbul,subject: Syria from the 31st of January to Feb the 10 th,2019;
  • Solo exhibition at Atelier Fateh Mudaress,Damascus,Syria,from Feb 25,2019 to 4th of March 2019; Subject: Spain
  • Joint exhibition at the LiteHouse,London,UK,the 14th of March to March 24th,2019;Subject:Syria
  • Joint exhibition at the 11th Art Naif Festival in Szyb Wilson Gallery, Katowice, Poland,from 6th June to August 25TH 2019
  • Joint exhibition at Nabad Gallery,Amman,Jordan,from 26th August to the 26th of September,,2019 ;Subject: Places of the Heart
  • Solo at Street Gallery at Exeter University,UK ,Exeter, from September 19th to December 20th , 2019 Subject:My beautiful Andalusia
  • Joint exhibition at Nabad Gallery,Amman,Jordan from 15th December to the 27th of February, 2019-2020,“Winter season”
  • World Naïve Art Under COVID-19 Influence. MIANM & FIAN online exhibition. 5th/7/2020 to 8/8/2020
  • Joint exhibition at Naïve and Singular art Biennial From 11th September 2020 to 25th October 2020
  • the 4th Naïve & Singular Art Biennial the 4th Naïve & Singular Art Biennial
  • at the castle of Waroux (Belgium).
  • Joint exhibition Litehouse Gallery on Syria
  • Joint online exhibition at The Gallery of Everything at Intersect 21 from Tues 16th to Mon 22nd February,2021,London,UK.
  • Solo exhibition Kondas Center, Estonia. Magistically Mogul From Monday ,May 24,2021 to Sunday ,August 22, 2021.
  • Solo exhibition Museum of Naïve Art Moscow, Magistically Mogul From October 14th, 2021 to January 22nd, 2022.
  • Joint Exhibition: Biennale Internationale d'Arts Naïf et Singulier 2022, from July 30th to September 11th 2022.
  • Joint Exhibition: NAIVA Bratislava 2022, from July 9th to spetember 29th 2022.
  • Joint Exhibition:Praha insita 2022 from march 11 to May 2022.
  • Joint Exhibition:Jacaranda Images ,Spring fever ,from March 13th to March 30th, 2023.

Art Achivements:

Contributed three ACEO prints to the Small Art From The Heart (SAFTH) international art exhibit in Newaygo, Michigan, August 11th through September 2nd, 2012."
Work cited in INSITA,2010-By the International Exhibition 0f Self-taught Art,produced by theSlovak National Gallery and chosen by an International jury.pp.44-45
Some of Adib's paintings are available in postcards sold by T.B.Z (Tarek Bin Zeyad) company in Syria, as well as other postcards printed and sold by Gutsch Verlog Company Germany. Prints made from select paintings at, "Was selected by a jury to exhibit work at the 52nd International Exhibition of The San Deigo Art Institute, San Diego, California in 2013. The work was selected amongst 1200 other artworks from all over the world." Works of mine are exhibited permenant exhibition at the Musee Art Brut Montpellier Museejardins Sabourdy ,Insita Prague Praha,Insita Brastslava,Salon of Naïve and intuitive Art,Bulgaria,Association of Naïve and Amateur Art, Chezk Republic.