Once called the "Most important artist in Syria", Hala Al-Faisal was born to be an artist.
From a very young age in her native Syria, Hala felt compelled to express herself through the arts. Pursuing her passion has not always come easy for Hala, who was born into a prominent political family that pressured her to follow a more conservative career path in medicine or pharmaceuticals. But, Hala would not comprimise. She followed her heart and her love for the arts and grew to become a true citizen of the world studying and perfecting her craft in many globally diverse settings including Moscow, Paris, New York, and Berlin, where she now practices. She is fluent in many languages including Arabic, Russian, French, Spanish, German, and English.
Ms. Faisal has led a life rich with artistic diversity and broad in world view. This unique perspective, including her first-hand witnessing of the suffering of her beloved Syria, is infused in the creative works of Hala and apparent in the unique, halting, and intriguing characters and alternate worlds she creates. In addition to being an acclaimed painter well-schooled in acrylic, pastels, watercolor, and oil, Hala also expresses herself through the other arts she loves including acting, music, literature, and dance.
For Hala, the arts are more than a livihood, they are a way of life. When Hala is not creating masterpieces on canvas that are put on full display to critical acclaim, she can often be found with a simple sketchbook recording the likeness of friends, strangers, and the everyday nuances of life.
While Ms. Faisal draws on her global perspective and the critical acclaim she has recieved abroad, her heart is always with her Syria. Hala will soon return to her homeland to use her talents to help repair the land and people that are nearest to her heart. Ms. Faisal knows this will be a long journey, recently having lost the man that has had the largest influence on her life: her father.
While events in her war-torn homeland are a source of tremendous pain, Hala is as resilient as her people - qualities learned from her parents and ingrained in the Syrian culture. She believes the damages of war can be overcome with love and beauty and that her people can again be united in peace. This is the goal that Hala is commited in putting her many talents to.
Her allies in this life are love, life, music, and artistic creation. She loves the sun but her best friend is the moon. So named for the 'moon's glow', Hala has always found the moon to be a constant companion in her journey - always with her, always wise and always understanding. Ms. Faisal has a charming son in New York who shares his mother's goal of repairing Syria. He is a co-founder of an international organization created towards the goal of uniting Syrian youth for peace.
Hala has studied at the Damascus University, Syria.
BFA in Visual Communications (1983),
at the Moscow Cinema Institute, Russia.
Cinema, drama and animation (1985/89),
at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.
Drawing and painting (1994/95),
and at the Art Students league, New York.
Painting and sculpture (2000).
She is currently working on a literary project about her life between New York and Damascus.
2013 - 16 International Kunstmesse in Fischerinsel-Passage
2013 - Korfurstendamm Str. Galery Champagne
2011 - Altstadthof Gallery - Berlin
2011 - Alt Bahnhofe Gallery - Berlin
2008 - French Cultural Center - Damascus
2007 - Four Seasons - Damascus
2005 - Village Quille Gallery - New York
2004 - Public Library - New York
2003 - Beirut, Lebanon
2002 - Damascus, Syria
2001 - Berlitz School, Mainz, Germany
2000 - Tribeca, New York
1998 - Rivers Edge Gallery, Wyandotte, MI, U.S.A.
1998 - Turkish Cultural Center, United Nations Plaza, New York
1998 - Ishtar Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1997 - Arabic Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
1997 - Le Pont Gallery, Aleppo, Syria
1997 - Kawaf Gallery, Aleppo, Syria
1997 - S.P.A.R.C. Exhibition, Damascus, Syria
1995 - Syrian Cultural Center, Paris, France
1995 - Galerie G.N.G. St. Germain, Paris, France
1994 - La Sponda - International Cultural Center, Rome, Italy
1994 - Schauer Gallery, Paris, France
1993 - Spanish Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
1993 - American Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
1992 - French Cultural Center, Beirut, Lebanon
1992 - German Cultural Center, Kaslic, Lebanon
1991 - Bilad al-Cham Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1990 - Wafa Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1990 - Zenubia Gallery, Damascus, Syria
1989 - Fall Shows, Syrian National Museum, Damascus, Syria
1984 - Soviet Cultural Center, Damascus, Syria
1983 - al-Sha'b Gallery, Homs, Syria
The Syrian National Museum, Damascus. Ms. Faisal's works can be found in private collections in England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Japan, the former Yugoslavia, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria and the United States.
OTHER ARTISTIC ACTIVITIES:
She played a leading role in a documentary film on the Islamic cities of Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara, 1988. She also played a leading role in the feature-length film "Chronicles of the Coming Year", Syria, 1984. She produced an animated film, "Night Thief robs the Day Thief", 1989. Music is an old passion, she studied at the Conservatory of Damascus, Violin at the tender age of 10 to 13 years old. Lately she has been studying Soprano Singing at the Koncervatorium in Germany, 2001. Ms. Faisal has taught art and lectured on art history in Damascus and New York - Brooklyn Museum, BAM. She also taught arabic language at the New York University from February 2004 until February 2005.