Biography

Born in Jabla, Syria, in 1955; Aktham Abdulhamid graduated from the Department of Sculpture, Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University; in 1981. He taught at the Institute of Applied Arts and headed its department of sculpture in 1987. In 2000, he was appointed head of the institute, and later the head of the Syrian Cultural Centre in Madrid. He held solo exhibitions in Damascus, Aleppo, and Amman; and participated in group exhibitions in Lattakia, Alexandria, Beirut, Beiteddine, and Budapest. He won a number of awards. Abdulhamid uses mainly wood and stone in his sculptures, in a technique that is built on a contemporary view of these two materials. His work condenses the human body with rich visual symbols that refer to Syrian sculpture memory.