Raafat Ballan

Raafat (al-Sweidaa, Syria / 1990) developed himself as a painter during his art education: “working on my paintings always reflects my emotional state of being, and at the same time tells something about the context of the world around me.”

In general, his paintings are semi-figurative expressions, realistic enough to recognise, but strange enough to feel the distance. He is grasping for something complicated, layered, mixed, not easy to read for someone. “I use faces as a way to forge a direct connection with viewer.” as humans, the quickest thing we recognise and draws our attention is another human face. and yet a face hides as much as it shows.