Beshr Koshaji was born in Syria in 1984. Due to unrest in Syria Besher was forced to leave behind his home and family and moved to Jordan in 2012. Currently residing in Jordan, Besher finds himself continuously reminiscing over the beauty that was Syria, consumed by vivid memories of his past that have now been distorted by the war.
His graphic design background can also be seen as a strong influence in his work, as does his upbringing in a Muslim country with the highest levels of craftsmanship and arabesque art. It is perhaps this training as well as talent that explains why his geometric and linear technique comes so naturally.
Besher Koushaji began his artistic life depicting buildings, using his technique to paint the familiar houses and streets. But after he moved from his home country five years ago, the subject of his work began to change to embody the reflections of his memories and reality on houses, figures and faces in his life. Many of the buildings he once depicted are now destroyed. He tries to recollect images from his memories, which then appear ambiguous and unsettling on his paintings. People appear as silhouettes of faces and bodies, broken into abstract, colours and shapes, reminiscent of something seen through refracting lenses.
These are not just distortions: he uses a technique made of complex patterns that refracts the figures: calligraphy, the silhouettes of buildings and places, shadows of somewhere else. The layers reflect the complexity that distances the artist from a home that becomes further away as the years pass. When he creates his pieces, Koushaji begins by drawing a realistic figure and altering the image by adding lines and shapes. “My memories are fading away, they’re not as clear as before,” he says, “It affects the painting as I try to reconstruct the image again.”Koushaji’s pieces are unsettling, painful meditations on loss and longing, a clear
effort to bridge a distance that’s increasingly difficult to span. They are reflections of things lost or far away; not precise depictions Of reachable world, but mirrors that show how it is separated from the artist by time, space and history.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery – “Scene” – Amman – Jordan 2019.
- Art on 56th gallery – “Scene” -Beirut – Lebanon 2019
- Kalemat Sanat Galerisi – Istanbul 2018 .·
- The Workshop – Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2017 .·
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery – Reflections – Amman – Jordan 2016.
- La brsserie Le Pois Penche – Réflexions – Chez Swann – Montreal – Canada 2015.
- Dama Art – Home Memories 2 – Jeddah – KSA 2014
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery – Home Memories – Amman – Jordan 2013.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery – Art Dubai – 2019.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery – Beirut Art Fair – 2017
- Kalemat Sanat Art Gallery turkey – Istanbul 2016.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery – Art15 London – 2015.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery – Beirut Art Fair – 2015
- Participation in Art Workshops with the French cultural institute 2005 – Damascus.
- Participation in small painting exhibition at Al Sayed Art Gallery – Damascus 2007.
- Al Rawdha Show Room – Damascus 2007.
- Group exhibition at Four Season Hotel – Damascus 2008.
- Russian cultural center – Damascus 2008.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery Group Exhibition – KSA 2012.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery Group Exhibition – UAE 2012.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery Group Exhibition – Abu Dhabi 2013.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery Group Exhibition – Dubai 2014.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery Group Exhibition – Abu Dhabi 2014.
- Wadi Finan Art Gallery Group Exhibition – Bahrain 2014.
- Marmara meseum Group Exhibition – Istanbul- Turkey 2015.
- Jan Sanat Galeri – Ankara – Turkey 2015.
- Hochschhule Anhalt of Kotchen – Group exhibition – Germany 2015.
- Kalemat Sanat Galerisi (Cennet Kültür ve Sanat Merkezi) Istanbul 2017.
- Contemporain DE Carthage 2018.
- The Exhibition of Arab Contemporary Art at Baglarbasi Congress and Center Istanbul, Kallemat Gallery ,2018
- The HUB Gallery – The Mirrors -Kuwait Art – 2018