Yousef Abdelké Seashell, 2017, Charcoal on paper, 101.8 x 104 cm

Youssef Abdelké (b. 1951, Qamischli, Syria) lives and works in Damascus, Syria. At 15, he moved To Damascu with his family. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus and graduated in 1976. In the late 1970s, Abdelké was arrested for nearly two years because of his political positions.


After graduating, he went to France, "attracted by anything that might satisfy his burning thoughts of painting." In Paris, he graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux- Arts in 1986 and later from Paris XIII as a doctoral student in Fine Arts in 1989.


Growing up in a very political family, his work was always permeated by his political agenda. He lived and worked in Paris from 1981 until his return to Damascus in 2005.


After 25 years of compelled exile and being forbidden to go back to Syria, it was finally possible for him to go back to Damascus in 2005 where he held a large exhibition. Since 2010, his Syrian passport was confiscated and he could neither exit the country nor return to France where his wife and daughter live. Youssef Abdelké was arrested in Syria on the 18th of July 2013 by the regime forces, and liberated 5 weeks later on the 22nd of August.


The works of Youssef Abdelké are in a large number of museums and institutions, including The British Museum in London and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.


PH.D. in Plastic Arts, University VIII of Paris

Diploma in Etching, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts Paris

Faculty of Fine Arts Damascus



Selected Solo Exhibitions


Bleak and Black, Galerie Tanit, Munich, Germany

Recent Works. Charcoals, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Recent Masterpieces, Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France

Recent Drawings. Charcoals, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

Henki Hall, Helsinki, Finland

Khan Asaad Pasha; organized by Atassi Gallery, Damascus, Syria
Al-Funun Gallery, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Zamalek Art Center - Akhnatoun Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Dal Al-Anda Gallery, Amman, Jordan
6th Chamaliéres International Triennial for Etching, France
Prebendale Gallery, Saint Paul, France

Charcoal and Pastels, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt
L’Atelier Art Gallery, Alexandria, Egypt

Al-Riwaq Art Gallery, Manama, Bahrain

Hall of Faculty of Law, Sfax, Tunisia

Green Art Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Mashrabia Gallery, Cairo, Egypt

Atassi Gallery, Damascus, Syria

Kallysté Gallery, Tunisia



Selected Group Exhibitions


Give a chance to the Syrian refugee Children to go to School, Art Paris Art Fair, Northern Wall, Grand Palais, Paris, France

From East and West, Art Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France
10:52, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE

Art Paris Art Fair 2015, Grand Palais, Paris, France
Rituals of Signs and Transitions (1975-1995), Darat al Funum, Amman, Jordan
My Voice Rings Out For Syria, BOX Freiraum, Berlin, Germany

Arab Modernities, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

Arab Masterpieces, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Festival of Small Size Works, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris
Art Syria, Meem Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Contemporary Art from Syria, Yallay Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Artists in Exile, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

Sharjah Biennial 10: Plot for a Biennial, Sharjah International Art Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
Artists From Syria Today, Espace Kettaneh Kunigk, Beirut, Lebanon

Recent Acquisitions, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

Paris, Damascus: Crossed Glances, National Museum of Damascus, Damascus, Syria

Masterpieces. Inaugural Exhibition, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Ammar Al-Beik, Ayyam Gallery, Dubai, UAE
Paris, Damascus: Crossed Glances, Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
Paris, Damascus: Crossed Glances, Europia, Paris, France
Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London

Salon d’Automne, Paris, France
Amis et Artistes lui rendent hommage, Europia, Paris

Rare Works, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France
Word into Art, Bloomsbury House, London

Homage to Shafic Abboud, Galerie Claude Lemand, Paris, France

Sharjah International Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
8th International Cairo Biennial, Cairo, Egypt