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OMAR SHAMMAH

A SYRIAN ARTIST AND DESIGNER Omar Shammah, is a Syrian artist and designer born in Damascus - Syria in 1992. Omar showed interest in the Arts at an early age, having drawings that date back to 1994. It was through the influence and maybe a genetic gift of being born in an artistic family that led him to the Arts. His father is a Caricaturist, his mother is a writer, and his uncles made sculptures and worked as an interior designer. Omar also has an eclectic cultural background with a Syrian father, Kurdish mother and grandparents from Algeria and Turkey. At the age of 17, Omar made the decision to study arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, and then to proceed in the department of Visual Communications. Later in 2013, he graduated with a First Class degree. Omar is an artist who gets inspirations from almost everything around him. He loves to discover new fields of art every now and then, and get involved in them. He likes to see what he can add to this field, and what he can take from it to enrich his experience because he believes in the connections between different arts. As to every artist, Omar's art is his message to the world. He believes that humanity is the ultimate concept and challenge of art, and most of all, himself. Therefore, most of his works are self-expressive or about personal experiences. Omar thinks that art is his way of exporting all the feelings he gets from his surroundings. This makes him the vessel in which all the exterior and personal factors are mixed together with previous experience, until the point when this vessel is unable to keep hold of the emotional mixture within, so it flows out in the shape of artworks. This explains his calm character which eventually explodes. Omar still tries to enjoy his art as it was his favorite thing to do since an early age; only now with a bit more consciousness gained from academic life. Omar thinks that immortality has been the goal of the human race since its very existence, and he thinks that his way of achieving it, is to be remembered with a lasting legacy. This makes art a vital thing in this matter, as it is his way of keeping a diary, which Pablo Picasso suggests. Omar curates his designs with the aim to timelessness.

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