|American, born in Aleppo, Syria. Works and live between two studios in Boca Raton, Florida and Wayne, New Jersey
1985 – Graduated with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts, New York City. Continued education in marketing & advertising at Montclair State University, New Jersey
Artist and creative marketing director for fortune 100 companies, pharmaceutical, financial and commercial real estate industries
Khawam stopped painting in 2001 after the events of 9/11, but picked up his brush again in 2015 influenced by the Syrian crisis. “My primary focus is of my birthplace–the city of Aleppo with urban scenes of collapsed apartment floors, fallen balconies, curved rooftops and punched holes in the building facades. My aim is not to focus on the politics of the conflict but to raise awareness to the tragedy” explained Khawam, whose family immigrated to the US in 1976 and became a naturalized citizen five years later (TonyKhawamArt.com). “Viewers at first glance see and experience both the sadness of the scene and at the same time a hopeful feeling” explained Juliana Morello, the curator of BaileyArts.org in Ft Lauderdale.
Khawam’s past works were inspired by the New York Metro Urban Landscapes painted in a semi-abstract single line, brush stroke style of multihousing and industrial landscapes known around New York City especially Northern New Jersey.