Fathallah Zamroud’s approach to painting is distinguished by expressionist brushstrokes and explorations of colour as an emotive device. Drawing from his background in architecture, a central concept of his compositions is how time defines space, as he depicts refugee camps and war-torn environments with an emphasis on the physical presence of structures in landscapes that are consumed by rapid decline. Zamroud’s latest paintings and works on paper are based on a growing archive of media images and photographs that he assembled as he watched the Syrian War unfold from his home in Beirut.
Recently, the Syrian-Lebanese artist has added scenes from other parts of the region transformed by large-scale violence, and continues to find new ways to describe the catastrophic level of destruction that has led to widespread desperation and chaos.
Born in Beirut in 1968, Zamroud graduated from the Lebanese American University with a degree in Interior Architecture. While pursuing this degree, he also studied fine arts, and later continued his training at the atelier of painter Louna Maalouf, where he acquired various formal techniques and experimented with a wide range of drawing and painting media. In addition to his artistic practice, he is active in the regional art scene as a board member of Massyr, a non-profit organization that supports emerging talent.
Zamroud has participated in collective exhibitions and solo exhibitions at Ayyam Gallery Beirut (2017, 2014); Sharjah Biennial (2017).