Envir Fazel Syrian, b. 1972

Envir Fazil graduated from Damascus University with a BA in Fine Arts in 1994 and in 1997 he received another degree in Arts and Craft; later in 2008, he received a Diploma in Graphic Design and Interior Design from Lane University, Oregon, USA. 

Envir Fazil graduated from Damascus University with a BA in Fine Arts in 1994 and in 1997 he received another degree in Arts and Craft; later in 2008, he received a Diploma in Graphic Design and Interior Design from Lane University, Oregon, USA. After this, Envir Fazir started his research on Calligraphy and then another research on Traditional Turkmen Arts, specializing in ancient Turkish architecture and gates which was transferred on the way he is creating his works.

 

Envir Fazil is famous for reinterpreting the traditions of Hylie-i Şerif making through the use of contemporary visual language. Hilye-i Şerif denotes both a visual form in Ottoman art and a religious genre of Ottoman Turkish literature, each dealing with the physical description of Prophet Muhammad. Hilya literally means "ornament". Envir Fazir uses vibrant colors and complicates the traditional technique of calligraphy writing: instead of ink on paper, the artist uses acrylic paint on canvas, which makes his artworks very unique.

 

In 2017 Envir Fazil received an award in the International Hilye-i-Serif Competition in Turkey. The artist has been exhibited in many domestic and international organizations and currently, he teaches calligraphy and architecture around the world.