Origin | Syria
Currently located | United States
Languages | Arabic, English
Key themes | Memory, children's rights, cityscapes, social justice
Born in Der-Ez-Zor, Syria, Etab Hreib is a critically-acclaimed Syrian watercolorist, mixed media, collage, drawing, and calligraphy artist. She began her training at the University of Damascus Graphic Arts Department. Since 1986, Hreib has exhibited her work across the Middle East, North America, and Europe. She has filled galleries with her colorful, expressive works through more than 40 solo and group exhibitions, and has participated in over nine biennial symposiums in seven different countries.
Since 1998, Hreib has taught art at a range of fine arts institutions including the Damascus Teachers Training Institute, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Fine Arts in Damascus, American School in Damascus, Davidson College in North Carolina, United States, and the Department of Architecture at the Private University Kalamon, Syria. Her work has been commissioned by organizations such as The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, among others. In addition to watercolor, mixed media, drawing, and calligraphy, Hreib is also versed in ceramics, and set and costume design for theater, film, and television.
Hreib is a long-time proponent of children's and women's rights, having conducting numerous workshops and training sessions on drawing and painting for this demographic, including at the first Forum on Women and Education in cooperation with the Syrian Commission for Family Affairs. She often focuses on children with special needs, including the visually-impaired and those with chronic diseases.
She was the recipient of the Al-Mahros Golden Award in Tunisia, a Golden Award from the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and an award from the Ministry of Culture in Algeria. Hreib holds a post-graduate degree in education from the University of Damascus.