WF Artists : Zaid Shawwa

Zaid Shawwa

was born in Amman in 1978. He studied Engineering at the University of Jordan, and did his MBA at the American University in Dubai, his love and interest in art started at an early age, mainly working on portraits and landscapes in a classic form and using monochromatic shades of mainly charcoal as a medium.

With time, he felt the need to free himself from the boundaries of classic form into the more abstracted interpretation of figures and surroundings. The early paintings of this stage were abstract expressionist for the most part, relying essentially on expressing the idea in a spontaneous, subconscious and natural way, not shying from the extensive use of color and materials to convey the message behind the painting.

His style evolved into his present form that mainly combines the emotional intensity of abstract expressionism with the deconstructive nature of cubism, in a minimalist expression of the figure and its relationship with its surroundings, encounters and associations.

His paintings are mostly based on real moments in life, intensively sketched and studied to create an image that reflects a feeling rather than an act. He paints mainly using acrylic and oil, his canvases are usually treated with warm underlayment, with cooler colors on top, allowing some of the glow of the warmer shades to spell into the surface, probably portraying the reality of the human soul and what lies behind it. 

In his work, he aims to deliver ideas and feelings that are based on real experiences and that will live and have a meaning to the world.


–  Academic Figure Painting and Portrait Painting, The Florence Academy of Art, Florence, Italy.

–  History of Art, Several Courses, University of Oxford

–  Experimenting with Collage, MoMA

–  Deconstructing and Cubist Still Life, The Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, UK.



  • 2 Group Exhibitions, Ministry of Culture, Oman, 1994
  • Group Charity Exhibition, Press Club, Ministry of Information, Oman 1997.
  • Collective Exhibition, Press Club, Ministry of Information, Oman 2000.
  • Collective Exhibition, Wadi Finan Art Gallery, Amman, 2016
  • Solo Exhibition, Wadi Finan Art Gallery, Amman, 2017