Featured Artists : Safaa Alset

Born in 1974, Safaa Alset studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University and graduated in 1997. She worked as a multimedia graphic designer, before deciding to start her own artistic career. She started working with metal, iron and copper as a means to create original sculptures. Her work stands out due to its rough texture and subject matter. Her first solo exhibition “Commedia dell’Arte” was held at the French Cultural Center in Damascus in 1998. It consisted of black and white paintings and masks on the theme of tragedy. Earlier in 1994, she had participated in the Joan Miro workshop and group exhibition that was held in Damascus. In 2003, Safaa had her second solo exhibition “Figures” in Maktab Anbar, where she presented sketches made of iron in large scale, transforming the hard nature of the metal into a soft canvas that flows organically. In 2007, she held another exhibition at Ayyam Gallery in Damascus, entitled “Women”, where she brilliantly succeeded again in bringing metal to life, by presenting different sculptures of women in multi-spirited moods.