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Walaa Dakak was born in 1978 in Damascus, Syria. He holds an MFA from the University of Damascus, and later studied Contemporary Art and New Media at the University of Paris. His minimalist yet cautious figures are marked by their vague and at times overlapping silhouettes. The faces are featureless except for wide set eyes that stare out anxiously and suspiciously at the viewer, attesting to the psychological depth captured in his works. Using bold primary colours that act as background to his black and white figures – oftentimes using only monochromatic tones – Dakak’s simple yet effective painterly style is easily distinguishable. His installation work Paranoia Eye and I was included in the exhibition Syrie: Cris – Action (2014) at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. He is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Paris in Art and Sciences focusing on aesthetic art.

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