In his large-scale mixed-media works, Abdulkarim Majdal Al-Beik transforms unconventional materials such as charcoal, plaster, starch, ash, and burlap into evocative mediums that reproduce the patina of imbued surfaces. Basing his ‘combine paintings’ on the weathered layers of graffiti, markings, and cracks that can be found on the exterior surfaces of public spaces, he seeks to explore how such understated facets can serve as records of the oscillation of society over time. Replicating the outer textures, colours, and shapes of deteriorating facades, Majdal Al-Beik excavates the buried traces of past lives, passages that situate cities as reluctant witnesses.

 With the start of the war in Syria, Majdal Al-Beik’s practice has reflected greater usage of assemblage through the addition of found objects such as small crosses, fabric strips, string, guns, and knives in order to communicate the stark circumstances of life under conflict. His more recent works include a series of conceptual sculptures and installations alongside paintings and photographs as part of the larger series Postponed Democracy (2014).

 Born in a small village on the outskirts of Al-Hasakah, Syria in 1973, Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik trained at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus. His works are housed in public and private collections throughout the Middle East and Europe and he has been the recipient of several awards, including those from the Latakia Biennale and the Shabab Ayyam competition for emerging artists. Selected solo and group exhibitions include Ayyam Gallery London (2014); Ayyam Gallery Al Quoz, Dubai (2014); Ayyam Gallery DIFC, Dubai (2014, 2013); Ayyam Projects, Beirut (2014); Ayyam Gallery Beirut (2014, 2012); Ayyam Gallery Damascus (2008); National Museum of Aleppo (2006); Tehran Biennale for Art in the Islamic World (2005); UNESCO Palace, Beirut (2001); and the British Council, Damascus (2000).


Abdulkarim Majdal Al-Beik (Syria, b. 1973)


1998    BA Fine Art, Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus, Syria
2001    Postgraduate Diploma in Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus,

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015     A heart on a wall, ayyam Gallery, DIFC, Dubai, UAE
2014    Postponed Democracy, Ayyam Projects, Beirut, Lebanon
2013    Against the Wall II, Ayyam Gallery, DIFC, Dubai, UAE
2012    Against the Wall, Ayyam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2009    Wall Speak, Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE
2008    Ayyam Gallery, Damascus, Syria
2005    Cultural Club of Shell Company, Damascus, Syria
2001    Al-Sayed Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1998    Arab Cultural Center, Hassakeh, Syria

Selected Group Exhibition
2019     Dual exhibition, Contemporary painting from Berlin, Galerie im Tempelhof Museum ,Berlin, Germany.
2018     From Damascus to Berlin , Berlin Artists Connected , Berlin , Germany
2017    A journey of Belonging , Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin ( CAA Berlin ) ,Bikini Berlin.  
2017   Mosaik  Syrien “ collective “ exhibition  gut Altenkamp museum , Papenburg , Germany .
2017   Funun festival  , Syrian culture in Bremen , Germany .
2016   Funun festival  , Syrian culture in Bremen, Germany .  
2016  transfer syrien ,Europaisches kunstlerhaus oberbayern , munchen , Germany .
2015   Syria Of Frame, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, Italy
2014   Syria’s Apex Generation, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE; Ayyam Gallery,
London, UK (Curator: Maymanah Farhat)
R-evolution, Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE
Et pourtant ils créent ! (Syrie : la foi dans l'art)/Despite it all they make
art! (Syria: Having faith in the Arts), Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris,
Fluid Forms II, Samsung Blue Square, Seoul, South Korea; Busan
Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea (Curator: Yu Yeon Kim)
Contemporary Uprising: Art from the Middle East, Nest Gallery,
Geneva, Switzerland
2013    R-evolution, Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz, Dubai, UAE
2012   Melting Pot, Ayyam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2011   Selections from The Samawi Private Collection, Ayyam Gallery, Al
Quoz, Dubai, UAE
2009    Buried in Tradition/ My World/ Walls Speak, Ayyam Gallery, Al Quoz,
Dubai, UAE
2008     Contemporary Syria – Damascus and Dubai, Ayyam Gallery,
Damascus, Syria
2008      Mark Hachem Gallery, New York, USA
Tales of Heritage, Latakia Museum, Latakia, Syria
2007     Summer Festival, Ayyam Gallery, Damascus, Syria
2006     Al-Sayed Art Gallery, Damascus, Syria
Kalimat House Exhibition, National Museum of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria
Al-Khanji Gallery, Aleppo, Syria
2005     The National Red Museum, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
3rd International Biennial of the Islamic World, Tehran, Iran
2003      The French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
2002       Zara Gallery, Amman, Jordan
French Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
2001      UNESCO Palace, Beirut, Lebanon
6 Creative Experiences, Al-Mada House of Culture & Art, Damascus,

Residencies and Workshops

2017    Workshop ,  Contemporary Arts Alliance Berlin ( CAA Berlin ) ,Bikini Berlin.
2017    Workshop,   Berlin Artists Connected , Berlin , Germany.
2016    Residencie, europaisches kunstlerhaus oberbayern , munchen , Germany
2012    Workshop,   Ayyam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon.
2011    Workshop,   Ayyam Gallery, Damascus, Syria .


2007    Second Prize, the First Ayyam Prize for Emerging Syrian Artists,
Ayyam Gallery, Damascus, Syria
2003    Silver Award, Biennale El-Mahaba, Latakia, Syria
2001    First Award, Syrian Youth Exhibition, Damascus, Syria
2000    First Award, Mirror of Syrian-British Cooperation, British Council,
Damascus, Syria


2014    Book Launch, Syria’s Apex Generation, moderated by Maymanah
Farhat, Ayyam Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


2014    Syria Apex Generation, Edited by Maymanah Farhat, Ayyam Gallery,
Dubai, UAE
2013    Syrie: l’art en armes, Paris, France (Author: Jacques Mandelbaum)
2013     Abdul karim majdal Al-beik,( Against the Wall), Ayyam Gallery, Dubai (DIFC ) .
2008    Abdul Karim Majdal Al-Beik, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE (Author:
Zena Takieddine)