Rabi Koria
(1988, Syria)

Born in 1988, Rabi Koria was forced, from his earliest childhood to flee Syria with his family, leaving behind them their history and heritage.
After dedicating himself to graffiti in Utrecht streets during a time, he entered Fine Arts University, looking for some new ways to express a personal tension between East and West in pictorial expression.
In a great freedom of inventiveness, he plays with traditional Arabian ceramics and calligraphy, creating a mirror effect between the traditions of oriental ornamentation, oldest forms of abstraction, and the energy of a really contemporary painting.

His work, at the crossroads of a deep commitment in his time and of a striking and singular esthetics, was awarded in 2015 by the Royal Award for Modern Painting, the highest artistic distinction attributed by the king of the Netherlands.

Exhibitions selected


2017 - Ailleurs est ici, École des Filles-Espace d'art, Huelgoat
2016 - Beirut Art Fair, Beirut International Exhibition & Leisure Center, Beyrouth
2016 - De Belofte-Pop up, Kunstliefde, Utrecht
2015 - PAN Artfair, JanKnegt Gallery, Amsterdam
2015 - NEWFANGLED, Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht
2015 - Royal Club, Academiegalerie, Utrecht
2015 -Koninklijke prijs voor de vrije schilderkunst 2015, Paleis op de Dam, Amsterdam
2015 - First Blood, Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht
2015 - HKU TWG 2015, graduation show, Utrecht
2015 - De stad in MIJ, Museum Ijsselstein
2015 - Geef Joodse kinderen hun gezicht terug, Podium Oost, Utrecht
2015 - 36 days of painting, Academiegalerie, Utrecht
2013 - Dark Matters, TENT Rotterdam
2013 - SHOWROOM, Bikewars, de Bilt
2013 - Zeichnung, Bezeichnung, Flutgraben, Berlijn
2009 - Open parks, Spoor Noord, Antwerpen


2015- Royal Award for Modern Painting 2015: winner


Catalogue Koninklijke prijs voor de vrije schilderkunst 2015