Safwan Dahoul


Born in 1961 in Hama, Syria, Safwan Dahoul lives and works in Dubai. Dahoul attended the Suheil Al Ahdab Center of Plastic Arts and the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus. He graduated in 1985 and continued his experimentation and education until 1997 when he completed a Doctorate in Plastic Arts from the Higher Plastic Arts Institute of Mons in Belgium.


Dahoul’s works are often a combination of Flemish Renaissance inspiration, Assyrian and Pharaonic art as well as Western Modern and Contemporary art. His subsequent works have been acquired by the Syrian ministry of culture and the national museum in Damascus. Since 1982 Dahoul has always entitled his paintings ‘The Dream’, a dream where women constitute the main subjects. Dahoul also uses the image of women to portray himself as a protagonist in his paintings. 


His work is held in numerous private and public collections including the Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris; The Samawi Collection, Dubai; The Farjam Collection, Dubai; and the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development, Kuwait.

Artist News
The National: Safwan Dahoul Studio Visit
3 February, 2014

It has been almost 27 years since Safwan Dahoul completed his first Dream. Since 1987, he has painted the same woman in the same muted monochromatic colours on what he assumes has been more than 1,000 canvases (although he never kept count). Every time, he titled it Dream.