Krayem Maria Awad
Krayem Maria Awad is a Vienna-based painter, sculptor and poet of Syrian origin. He was born in Basir, and later moved to Austria, where he studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Vienna Technical College from 1968, and was also enrolled at the Vienna School of Economics. Later, he also attended the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. In the 1970s-1980s, he received international recognition for his numerous aquarelle works. He was a member of the editorial board of the magazine "Treffpunkte", and author of the manifesto "The Position of Women in European Civilization". Since 1994, Krayem has also been sharing his knowledge at art-workshops and art courses in Switzerland.
Krayem uses mixed media when painting, mixing sand and ashes with oil-based pigments, and often supplements artwork with his own poetry.