Adel Daouood (*Al Hasaka 1980) studied at Damascus University, Faculty of Fine Arts. He left Syria in 2013 and arrived in Vienna as a refugee. His highly charged paintings reflect memories and anguish from the past and present, fragments and images of war, violence, pain and death in his home country. Dauood’s figures appear torn and tormented, they struggle with the dichotomy of life and the individual inner conflicts. These ficticious anthropomorphic creatures of glaring colours and black contours find themselves embedded in large-format frantic spaces of colour where abstract and concrete elements merge to form an almost surreal background. The artist works with charcoal, oil and acrylic on paper or canvas. For Dauood painting means rebelling against the horrors of war, but it also feeds an inner dialogue with his feelings.Adel Dauood’s work has been presented in Austria as well as in numerour international exhibitions, e.g. Denmark, England, New York, Lebanon and Türkiye.