Rabee Kiwan (born 1984) is a Syrian painter living and working in Beirut. He studied painting at Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus. He participated in group exhibitions at Arab and French Cultural Center, Opera House and Annual Spring Exhibition in Damascus from 2009 to 2012. Since 2010 his works have been exposing at Kuzah Gallery in Damascus and in 2013 he presented his solo exhibition in Mark Hachem Gallery in Beirut. Kiwan’s art works are sold in Lebanon, Persian Gulf, Europe, Canada and America.
In the course of time, and as a result of his diverse experience, going deeply into the way of building the surface and color, and the use of discarded materials; turned to an emphasizing factor on the inevitability and realism of this conflict in the painting.
In time, the presence of human started to decay in Rabee’s work, till it turned into a group of symbols or parts of its remains; like a head lying in one of the work’s corners, a hand, or simple parts of him/her still visible in the vacuum. Also, human full presence has been replaced by the presence of remnants of his things; like an old bus out of service, a piece of tank, handcuffs, or any piece of his things.
Color, too, became more austere.
Kiwan relied on black and white and some simple tunes of other colors in deepening the conflict situation lived on a daily basis. And he scrimped the color to replace it by the effect and colors of the collage pieces.