Mohamad Hafez is a Syrian-American artist and architect born in Damascus and educated in the United States. His work expresses an internal juxtaposition between East and West and reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint and scrap metal. Hafez is the recipient of the 2018 Connecticut Arts Hero Award for his extensive body of work on the Syrian civil war and the worldwide refugee crisis, and was selected as one of the 40 under 40 artists in the Middle East by London’s Apollo Magazine in 2019. He has exhibited internationally, including at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Sharjah Art Museum, UAE; Saatchi Art Gallery, London; and Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis. He is currently an Interpreter in Residence at the University of Chicago Oriental Institute.
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