Syrian artist: Etab Hreib
Critically acclaimed Syrian watercolorist, Etab Hreib, graduated from the Graphic Arts Department of the University of Damascus. Since then, she has exhibited her work in various parts of the world. She was the recipient of the Al-Mahros Golden Award in Tunisia, a Golden Award from the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and an award from the Ministry of Culture in Algeria. Before the current war, Etab taught at the Fine Arts Department at Damascus University, gave painting courses for diabetic children, conducted workshops for the blind, and worked as a set and costume designer for Syrian theatre, film, and television drama. Etab’s background speaks to the diversity of Syria- her father was Muslim and her mother Christian. Etab’s work is immediately personal due to her own connection to the war. Her son was kidnapped and murdered by ISIS for posting a photo on Facebook that showed him drinking wine. The panels Etab has donated were inspired by the chemical weapons massacres in Ghouta, Eastern Damascus.