Mouteea Murad

Syria, 1977


Mouteea Murad’s work unifies spirituality and formalism by drawing influence from the geometric forms and motifs of Islamic art. Trained at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, the artist began his career as a painter working on monochromatic, expressionist compositions that depict the anguish of modern man.

In 2007, he adopted a new artistic outlook and started to explore relativity, spatiality, and the visual dynamic of geometric forms. Differing greatly from that of his contemporaries, his works are pure abstractions in harmonious colour palettes. 

In his compositions, the artist builds on previous artistic movements, experimenting with automatic brushwork, the illusionistic perspective of Op art, the symmetry of geometric abstraction, and the collapsing planes of Suprematism. 

In his most recent series, Murad focuses on mathematics, specifically the Fibonacci numbers and sequence. The forms and lines in his artwork are largely defined by algebraic functions and their geometric application within the work. Uniting the two, the artist continues to draw inspiration from Islamic art while employing forms and lines largely defined by algebraic functions, thus creating a unification of spirituality and formalism. 

Mouteea Murad's work has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions and can be found in private and public collections wordlwide, including that of the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. The artist currently lives and works in Sharjah, UAE