Biography

Born in Damascus in 1934, and died in Berlin in 2016. Marwan Kassab Bachi studied Arabic literature in Damascus University, and later graduated from the Department of painting, Higher Institute of Fine Arts in Berlin in 1963. He lectured at the same institute and became a permanent teacher there in 1980. In addition to winning many awards, many articles, essays, and books were written about his work. He held more than 80 solo exhibitions in Damascus, Berlin, Baghdad, Munich, Paris, and Beirut. Several Arab and European museums acquired some of his work. Influenced by his Syrian aesthetic memory, Kassab Bachi’s body of work is regraded among the most prominent experiences in German expressionism. In his work, he addresses humanitarian issues by focusing on the human face, which sometimes transforms, in his paintings, to a scene from nature with earth and rocks; and to colour construction at other times.