Oussama Diab

Syrian, 1977


Palestinian artist Oussama Diab, a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, exploits the stylistic variants of the medium of painting as emotive prompts in order to explore how form can articulate the urgency of sociopolitical issues. 

In an age where digital media play a dominate role in filtering our everyday experiences and the construction of imagery has become integral to modern life, Diab addresses the contradictions and obstacles of political conflict, globalisation, and exile. Using playful symbolism, references to popular culture, iconic imagery, and narrative structures the artist adopts a different painting style with each series, reflecting the impermanent nature of art as it becomes increasingly conceptual and dematerialised.

Oussama Diab has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the region and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Shabab Young Artists exhibition in Syria. The artist currently lives and works in Beirut.