Hammoud Chantout - Artist Bio

An Artwork by Syrian artist Hammoud Chantout

An Artwork by Hammoud Chantout

 In a Few Words

Born In: Hamah, Syria

Lives In: Paris, France

Background: An award-winning painter & lecturer with works in galleries, museums and private collections the world over. 

Style & Media: Heavily textured mixed media canvases that portray figurative subjects with abstract execution.

Themes: In Chantout’s own words: “my favourite subject is the wall. This white wall which I contemplated as a child was the canvas that gave way to my childhood dreams.

In a Few More Words

Hammoud Chantout was born in Hama, Syria in 1956. A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Damascus in 1980, Chantout continued his studies at the world-renowned Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he received first prize in the Admissions Competition. After completing his degree that was distinguished with honours in 1984, he returned to Syria where he taught at the Fine Arts and Drawing Centre in Damascus. Hammoud Chantout primarily resides in Paris and spends his time between Syria and France.

Hammoud Chantout is best known for heavily textured mixed media canvases that are executed with abstract approaches, even if they often portray figurative subject matter. Chantout’s work is delicate yet tactile with an air of mystery. His layered compositions are otherworldly.

Hammoud Chantout is a prominent member of the contemporary Syrian art scene and has exhibited his works in solo and group exhibitions in both the Arab world and abroad. A consummate artist, Hammoud has participated in a number of workshops in the Levant and North Africa. Hammoud Chantout’s works are housed in private collections in Europe and North America, as well as landmark Syrian collections as that of the Ministry of Culture, the National Museum, the Dar Al Assad Opera House and the Presidential Palace. 

Key Exhibitions

  • 2017   Europia Exhibition, Paris, France (Solo) 
  • 2015   National Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait, Kuwait (Solo)
  • 2000   Station des Arts, Beirut Lebanon (Solo)
  • 2005   Artform Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada (Solo)
  • 1977   Art House, Aleppo, Syria (Solo)