Hasko Hasko

Born in Afreen, Syria in 1973, Hasko Hasko graduated from the Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University in 2000. He fled the Syrian war to Turkey and then made the dangerous voyage on a lifeboat through the Mediterranean, finally settling in Denmark in 2014. Documenting the journey, his resulting illustrations were exhibited at The Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, as well as in a comic that was published in Britain’s The Guardian and the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten in 2015.

In his paintings, Hasko’s themes continue to evolve over time but predominantly focus on animals, plant-life, rural scenes or mythology. Using acrylic paint and mixed media, he depicts representational subjects on a flat plane in subtle colors. In his characteristic contemporary style, smaller areas of the canvases are overlaid with images, one on top of the other, or roughly drawn over and over. Typically, larger swathes around the subjects are then layered with broad frenetic strokes and almost obscured. Hasko has exhibited his works in Syria, the UK, US, Iraq, Qatar, Lebanon, the UAE, Norway, Denmark and Turkey.

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