Mazen Al Ashkar

Multidisciplinary artist based in Amsterdam, born in Syria - 1989.

MFA Artistic Research, the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague - 2021.

BFA Painting, the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University - 2013.


Exhibition History


– “Graduation Show 2021”, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands.

– “Sun Kissed // Fog Off”, Master Artistic Research at Quartair, The Hague, Netherlands.


– “Actuele Kunst In De Oude Bieb”, Utrecht Down Under, Utrecht, Netherlands.

– “See-Saw”, Just Shout #4, atelierroute Utrecht at 'de Kersenboomgaard' community, 

   studio number 12, Utrecht, Netherlands.

– “See-Saw”, Just Shout #3, Galerie 21, Vorwerkstift, Hamburg, Germany.

– “The Ongoing Conversation”, Master Artistic Research at 1646, The Hague, Netherlands.

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


– Samt “On Being Vertical Against Your Horizon”,


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


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

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



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

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



– Graphic designer, Dancing on the Edge, Amsterdam, 2019-present.

– 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, 2015-2016.

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