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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Elias Izoli

Born in Damascus in 1976, Elias Izoli is a self-taught artist whose creativity was harnessed at an exceptionally young age. At just seventeen years old, in 1993, he was given his first solo exhibition at the Russian Cultural Center in Damascus, shortly after deciding to pursue art “seriously.” Virtually unheard of in an art world that is all too often obsessed with age and pedigree, Izoli has continued to raise eyebrows ever since. The latest to join Ayyam Gallery’s incubator program for young artists, Izoli has already ceased the attention of the Middle Eastern art scene with works that were aggressively vied for and sold above estimate at two recent Ayyam Auctions public sales. With consummate draftsmanship, a marked command of color and an intensive approach to capturing his subjects, his compositions defy conventional portraiture.

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