Semaan Khawam was born in Damascus, Syria in 1974 and moved to Beirut, Lebanon in 1988 where he continues to live and work. The self-taught multidisciplinary Khawam is a painter, sculptor, graffiti and installation artist whose work is informed by the daily reality of the city in which he lives.
In addition to being a visual artist, the multi-talented Khawam is also an actor, scriptwriter, prop designer for film and theatre, poet and internationally-published writer. His art has been exhibited in Lebanon, Europe and Bahrain.
Khawam is a frequent exhibitor and his work has been featured at personal or collective exhibitions in Beirut.
His art and poetry have been featured in Arab and international newspapers.
In his work, Khawam shows the power of art to challenge official state censorship, sectarianism and limits on freedom of expression in the Middle East.