Interested in how art can cross science, philosophy and different forms of knowledge, the Amsterdam based artist Mazen Ashkar has been experimenting with contemporary methods and strategies of artistic presentation - believing that art can approach substantial questions, and touches on personal and collective paradigms of thinking and being. His works attempt to re-consider conversational values of essential elements through rethinking the utilitarian mindset, in order to fulfil his existential authenticity and accept the full weight of his freedom in light of the absurd.

Born in Syria in 1989, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University in 2013. Currently, part of the MA Artistic Research, the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague. Continuing his ongoing exploration towards a multidisciplinary practice because there is nothing better to do. 


Exhibition History

2020  – A Simple Fizz - Exhibition of MAR/KABK at Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands

2019  – Ma'rad, Group exhibition, at 3&55 Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2019  – Darat Al Funun, Samt, Group exhibition, “Qala 0.8900” Amman, Jordan. 

2019  – Solo Presentation, Kaaistudio’s and Moussem Nomadic Arts Center, Moussem Cities: DamascusThe Breadth of 104.5°” Brussels, Belgium.

2018  – Galerie De Vijf Ramen, Group exhibition "Window", Arnhem, Netherlands.

2018  – Beautiful Distress “Mission Nose Out” Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2018  – Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam “Give Us The Museum” Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2018  – Samt, Grey Noise, Al Serkal Avenue “Sawt (2a): Qala 0.8900” Dubai, UAE.

2017  – Samt “On Being Vertical Against Your Horizon”

2016  – Sharjah Art Foundation, “Vantage Point Sharjah 4” Sharjah, UAE.

2012  – The Ministry of Culture and Arts, “The Youth Forum at Damascus Historical  Castle" Damascus, Syria.

2012  – The Faculty of Fine Arts, “Graduation 2012” Swaida, Syria.




AMARRE, residencies for artists in exile, Moussem Nomadic Arts Center, Brussels,  Belgium, June 2018.

Artist in residence, KunstFaam, Schiermonnikoog, Netherlands, March 2017.



Haunted. Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah, UAE. Acquired in 2015.

Untitled. Barjeel Art Foundation. Sharjah, UAE. Acquired in 2015.

Melted Presence. The Ministry of Culture and Arts. Damascus, Syria 2012.



Graphic design and communication volunteer, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, 2018-2019.

Graphic design intern, Dietwee merk ontwerp communicatie, Utrecht, 2017-2018.

Graphic designer, Franklin Covey Middle East, Dubai, UAE, 2015-2016.

Graphic designer, Al Sham Advertising, Dubai, UAE, 2013-2014.