Sabhan Adam was born in Al-Hasaka, Syria in 1973. A self-taught artist, he started painting aged 17. He is best known for his paintings of hybrid mixtures of human beings and animals – some with triple eyes, double mouths – seemingly in the middle of a metamorphosis. They appear sad and withdrawn, and Adam explains that his creations are attached to the pain, fear and phobias with which our society constantly suffers.
“I look after my works very gently, more than parents to their children, in spite of the mystery and the marginal of these works. I call them the Isolation Entities…My paintings are much more important than to be owned by a person or a VIP, or even to be exhibited in international museums, institutes or galleries, or to be sold in auctions or criticised in a negative or positive way….I have a problem with mankind. I wish I had been a bird. It is a mistake, a sin, a problem to be a human being. What I draw might resemble human beings, but they are my creations: of love, sadness, black humour.”
Adam has exhibited extensively internationally, including at the British Museum in London, the Venice Biennale 2011 and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Some of the many countries that have shown his work are France, Egypt, Lebanon, the USA, Jordan, Kuwait, Dubai, Syria, Belgium, Portugal, Morocco, UAE, Germany and Tunisia.