Kevork Mourad

Artist Biography

Born in Qamishli, Syria, Mourad now lives and works in New York City. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia.

Mourad employs his technique of live drawing and animation in concert with musicians – developing a collaboration in which art and music harmonize with one another. Collaborators include Yo-Yo Ma, Kim Kashkashian, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Brooklyn Rider, The Knights, Perspectives Ensemble, Paola Prestini, and Kinan Azmeh and he has performed in many institutions, including The Aga Khan Museum (Toronto), The Art Institute of Chicago, The American Museum of Natural History, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, ElbPhilharmonie (Germany), Rhode Island School of Design, Nara Museum (Japan), Lincoln Center Atrium, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Mourad has been a resident teaching artist at Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Holy Cross (Worcester). He is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and is featured in the film “Music of Strangers” (2016).

Recent commissions include Israel in Egypt, for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Sound of Stone to accompany the exhibition “Armenia!” for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Well Wish Ya, a dance performance piece with the OYO Dance Troupe in Namibia. His performance Home Within, co-produced with clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, has toured the world. The 2016 recipient of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Prize, he premiered his animated film, 4 Acts for Syria, at the Stuttgart Animation Festival. In 2019 he had a solo exhibit at Tabari Artspace in Dubai. In September 2019, he exhibited at Latitude, in Yerevan, Armenia, alongside Imran Qureshi, Roberto Pugliese, and Walid Siti. That year he was also commissioned by the Aga Khan Foundation to create a site-specific 20-foot drawing-sculpture called Seeing Through Babel, at London’s Ismaili Center, addressing the importance of diversity in our contemporary times. The piece was exhibited starting in October 2020 at the Asia Society Triennial in New York. In October 2020 he also premiered the visuals for Beethoven’s Fidelio for the Korea National Opera. His works are in the permanent collection of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.

Kevork Mourad is represented by Galerie Tanit Beirut/Munich.

Exhibitions
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Paper Trail
50 years
Collective Exhibition

From November 23, 2022 to December 23, 2022

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MENART FAIR 2022

From May 18, 2022 to May 22, 2022 

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I Am One Acquainted With The Night
Collective Exhibition

From June 5, 2021 to September 25, 2021

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Imaginary Cities: Chapter IV
Kevork Mourad

From February 15, 2022 to March 30, 2022

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The Space Between
Kevork Mourad

From June 13, 2018 to August 1, 2018

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… كان يا مكان
Collective Exhibition

From February 16, 2022 to April 16, 2022

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"Constantly striving to spark alternative conversations around the socio-political reality of the Middle East and its diaspora, Tabari Artspace, Dubai is delighted to announce its first show of the new season – Between Floating Worlds – a solo exhibit of visual artist Kevork mourad ⚡️ On view until 16 January 2020 More info"
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"March 30, 2019 . Auditorium 12AM Action! : Performing Drawing at Drawing Now Art Fair | Le Carreau du Temple, Paris Drawing is often considered as a performative art form that requires endurance and physical effort but also a live observational skill. It is therefore readily associated with dance, artistic conferences, activism, music, and more. […]"
"On view until September 15, 2019 Le Musée de l’Institut du Monde Arabe Le musée de l’IMA présente une exposition inédite sur le dessin dans le monde arabe. A découvrir, une centaine d’œuvres issues de sa collection, récemment enrichie de la donation Claude & France Lemand. Ces dessins, pour la plupart figuratifs, datent du XIe siècle […]"
Kevork Mourad | A la plume, au pinceau, au crayon: dessins du monde arabe
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"From February 20, 2019 to February 24, 2019 At Art Karlsruhe The Syrian-Armenian artist created an impressive multi-layered work that was exhibited for the first time during the fair. More info"
"From January 31, 2019 to February 24, 2019 In Residence at the Aga Khan Museum Artist Kevork Mourad transforms the temporary exhibition galleries with an immersive installation. More info"
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