Sannib is an English artist with Syrian and Lebanese origins, a creative and cultural melting pot that is exquisitely reflected in his works.
His paintings, in fact, harmoniously blend the ancient calligraphic and pictorial arts of the great Arab tradition with advanced printing techniques and Western pop subjects.
The result is splendid canvases where icons like Marilyn Monroe, the Mona Lisa, Audrey Hepburn they stand out against backgrounds of iridescent colors, with an ancient and precious patina that recalls the sumptuous interiors of the riads. The extraordinary ability of Sannib is to give the canvas a sense of depth and thickness, a bit like when in ancient buildings the layers of paint from the walls are removed to bring back the original decorations. The result is a sense of time, memory and history.
Born in Kuwait to a family of diplomats, Sannib grows between London, Syria and Palestine, absorbing and making the cultures of different countries its own. He started painting when he was only ten, totally self-taught. Impressed by his talent, his parents send him to class from Fared Jorgeous, one of the greatest masters of Syrian painting.
He continues his training in UK and, at the age of 18, he had his first solo show with great success. Several group exhibitions follow in Syria and Kuwait while the requests of collectors and gallery owners increase.
Under the guidance of di Mard Issa, a Norwegian artist of Syrian origins, he discovers abstract painting and acrylic colors which he learns to blend harmoniously with oriental styles.
His formative, artistic and personal path finds the perfect synthesis in Dreamalism, term coined by Sannin himself to define his style and his mission as an artist. Dreamalism, untranslatable into Italian, is a current where the purpose of art is to support those who dream and those who pursue freedom and their own goals.
Alongside the production of paintings, increasingly requested in the art system, he has also been involved in important public projects such as the restoration of the door and the names of the deities in the Kaaba, the sacred building in the center of Mecca which houses the black stone revered by pilgrims.