Kevork Mourad was born in Qamishli, a town in northeastern Syria. Of Armenian heritage, he received his Master of Fine Arts from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia, and now lives and works in New York. With his technique of spontaneous painting, where he shares the stage with musicians—a collaboration in which art and music develop in counterpoint to each other—he has worked with many world-renowned musicians, including Kinan Azmeh, Brooklyn Rider, Ken Ueno, Liubo Borissov, and Issam Rafea. Mourad is a member, as a visual artist, of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. He has performed, among others, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, the Morgenland Festival, Le Festival du Monde Arabe in Montreal, the Nara Museum in Japan, Lincoln Center Atrium, the Art Institute of Chicago, the American Museum of Natural History, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park’s Summerstage, the Agha Khan Museum in Toronto, and the ElbPhilharmonie in Hamburg.
With the writer and singer Anaïs Tekerian, he has co-produced and directed several multimedia plays, including Lost Spring, which premiered at MuCEM in Marseille, France. Mourad created stop- motion animation work for Manuel De Falla’s Master Peter’s Puppet Show, performed with The Knights at Tanglewood; and the video animation for Lembit Beecher’s chamber opera I Have No Stories to Tell You at Opera Philadelphia. Commissioned by The Space, UK, he collaborated with the composer/oud player Issam Rafea to create Barbed Wire (2015), a musical-visual project that aims to encapsulate the reality of Syrians forced to leave their country.
His exhibition, Immortal City, was on view at the Rose Art Museum in late 2017 to early 2018. In February 2017, with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, he performed the biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt, as part of the Chorale’s Hidden Handel project.
The 2016 recipient of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Prize, Mourad is currently at work on an animated short film about Syria.
Artists of the Gallery
Shirin Abu Shaqra
SADIK KWAISH ALFRAJI
Samia Osseiran Junblatt
Catharina van Eetvelde