Raafat Ballan is a Syrian painter whose work bridges academic compositions with the current political and social strife of events in Syria and the Middle East. Ballan received a degree in Drawing and Oil Painting from Damascus University (2014). He has been an artist-in-residence in several institutions internationally and currently holds this position at AGALAB in Amsterdam. He recently exhibited in Stages of Life at SANAA Galerie, Utrecht (2019), Art Rotterdam (2018), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2018) and Tijdelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017). In 2019 he was one of two winners of the Galatea prize in association with Galerie Pymalion, Maarssen. He exhibits regularly through “Just Shout,” an artist collaborative.
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