Subhi Shuaib

  • He was born in Damascus in 1909.
  • Graduated from The Teachers High Institute in 1929, then was sent abroad by the government to study art.
  • He spent 40 years in art education and apprenticed a number of eminent artists in Syria.
  • He is considered a pioneer in artistic realism in the history of Syrian plastic art movement.
  • Shuaib along with other artists have contributed in consolidating and developing the principles of plastic art in the country.
  • In 1963, he established The Centre of Plastic Arts in Homs, which was later named after him. Having spent all of his life in Homs, Shuaib was able to discover and mentor generations of artists and in less than a quarter of a century, a deep art scene was established as a response to his efforts and ambition, which later on was broadened with so many artists, amateur artists and audiences. He was surrounded by his art, friends, people who love him and the vivid life there, which he observed and depicted in his work. He painted nature and hard-working simple people. He also supported the efforts of young artists as in many times, he was paying from his modest salary to buy their works and encourage them to abide to their art. He sets an example worthy of emulation in his art, experience and love for people.
  • Most of Shuaib’s works are based on realistic imagery from everyday life and his sculptures are realistic depictions of the human body.
  • He died in 1974, a huge exhibition for many of his works was held in his centre.
  • His works are among the collections of the Syrian Ministry of Culture and the National Museum in Damascus.

 

Untitled, 1936

Watercolors on paper

Untitled 

Oil on canvas

Untitled, 1948

Watercolors on paper

Untitled 

Oil on canvas

Untitled 1952

Watercolors on paper