TONY KHAWAM, was born in Aleppo, Syria and now lives and works in Florida. He was a frequent visitor to Aleppo and Damascus National Museums during his childhood, his memories of ancient civilization and early art resonated with him to shape his current artistic creations with influences of post-war German and American modern art.
He left Syria with his parents at age 16 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1977 and pursued art education at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. His large-scale semi-abstracted architectural and heritage paintings are formed by ideas about today’s socio-political issues such as war, displacement, and immigration. The imagery is based on traditional Middle Eastern urban scene affected by the war. He has given “Artist talk” and participated as a panelist at institutions including Artserve, Ft Lauderdale; Red Dot Miami Art Fair; Art Palm Beach, West Palm Beach; and Bailey Contemporary Art, Ft Lauderdale, Florida.
Khawam has been interviewed by and published in the Brooklyn reporter News; Artrepreneur; Voyage Miami; Yahoo News, and many more. His work is included in museums, private and public collections throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.
Khawam is an artist/curator, and organized several exhibits about the socio-political and socio-cultural issues, such as heritage, displacement, immigration and the American culture. The process and materials used are equally important as the artwork itself, such as acrylic paint, dye yarn hand made knitting, burlap and resin which are exclusively human characteristics and are features of the human societies.
He has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums including: Morris Museum of Art, NJ; Montclair Museum of Art, NJ; O.K. Harris Works of Art, NY; Walter Wickiser gallery, NY; CS Schulte gallery, NJ; Simon gallery, NJ; ArtServe and Bailey Contemporary Art, FL; Little Haiti Cultural center, Miami; and art fairs; Art Miami Context; Red Dot Art Miami; Art Palm Beach; Art Boca Raton; and Artexpo New York.
Khawam has been a recipient of: the 2020 “Florida Artist Profile award” 50th anniversary, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs; the “Creative Investment Program award” Broward County Division of Culture, FL; 2020 “Individual Artist Career Opportunity grant” South Arts, Southern U.S. region; 2002 “Artists Fellowship award” Mid-Atlantic region; 1998 “Innovative Works on Paper and Printmaking Project” Rutgers University, NJ; 1997 “Artist in Residence, NJ Series” Geraldine Dodge Foundation. He has been a participant in workshops “Artists at the Community Development Table” Americans For the Arts, and “Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute” Broward County Division of Culture, Fort Lauderdale, FL.