Khalid Takreti is a renowned Syrian artist, who was born in Beirut in 1964. He graduated from the Architecture and Painting Academy in Damascus after which he worked as an architect in Damascus’ General Directorate of Antiquity and Museums. In 1992, he moved to New York to develop his artistic practice and later settled in Paris. Takriti’s large-scale figurative paintings of the female body are realist in style but the focus on his subject matter is also symbolic. In the artist’s words: “The East has always been depicted as a woman in my work, through her eyes, her soul and her stillness. The West is more about colour, frame and motion. I think my paintings are definitely influenced by both cultures.” Takreti has held numerous art exhibitions that have revealed his mastery, many at galleries in Damascus, Beirut and Paris, and several of his works are held in public and private collections, including the Syrian National Museum and the Royal Foundation in Jordan.