Bassel Aklouk recalls a time when he was seven years old and living in Damascus and he was struck by a vision of a beautiful woman. However, he was only left with a dreamlike memory of that moment. This incident was one of many that influenced his highly surrealist work that often depicts ethereal forms pirouetting through illusory landscapes.
Born in Damascus, Syria in 1973, Bassel Aklouk obtained his BA in Fine Art from Al Najah University, Nablus in 1998. In 2001 he went on to complete his Higher Diploma in Art at Alaqsa University, Gaza. Bassel has organized numerous exhibitions in Palestine and has had an active career lecturing and teaching art with the Ministry of Culture as well as within a University setting. He is a member of the Palestinian Association of Plastic Artists and is currently Director of Fine Art at the Ministry of Culture- A position he has held for the past 7 years.
- ‘Tales’, Art of Village, Gaza (2004)
- Gallery Tehran, Tehran (2004).
- Palestinian Exhibition (organized through the Oslo National Academy of Art), Oslo (2005).
- ‘For Palestine’, New York (2006).
- ‘White Night’, French Cultural Centre, Gaza (2007).
- Exhibition and Auction arranged by UNDP, Jerusalem (2006, 2007, 2010, 2011).
- ‘Day Land’ Exhibition, Abu Dhabi (2008).
- Palestinian Exhibition, Damascus (2008).
- ‘White Night’, French Cultural Centre, Gaza (2008).’
- Tolerance’ ,Gaza (2009).
- ‘Mada’, Gaza (2009).
- Eltiqa Artist’s House, Gaza (2009).
- ‘June Moon’, Ministry of Culture, Gaza (2010).
- ‘Visual Stories’ , Eltiqa Artst’s House, Gaza (2010).
- Alettihad Gallery, Gaza (2010).
- ‘Something Will Happen’, Gaza (2010).
- Saied Almishal Foundation for Culture in Gaza, Jerusalem (2010).
- ‘Warm Winter’, Center of Rehabilitation and Development for Palestinian Women (2012).
- ‘Features and Challenge’, Roots Gallery, Gaza (2012).
- ‘This is also Gaza’, Amman Gallery (2012).
- ‘Mediterranean Days’, Nabul and Hammamat, Tunisia (2013)
- International Forum for Arts in Tunisia, World Social Forum (2013)
- Almahras Festival for Tunisian Fine Art (2013).
- ‘Artists for Palestine’, Gaza, 2013.