Emad Jano Hemede
Syrian artist Emad Hemede, known as Jano, was born and raised in the city of Aleppo, Syria. But it was the capital city of Damascus where he started his artistic career. Running a small gallery in one of the oldest, and busiest, parts of the city, Jano regularly met cultural tourists and art lovers from all around the world. The experience of connecting with people from different cultures through his art inspired his artistic philosophy: communicating the historically and artistically rich realities of Syria through creative aestheticism that is universal in its inclusiveness.
With the outbreak of the war in 2011, Jano left Syria to the United States where he currently resides. He has since been working on a number of projects that share deep curiosity about the United States with nostalgic yet hopeful faith in the colors, stories and futures of his home country of Syria.
A sculptor and oil painter by tradition, Jano utilized acrylic paints in his current works because they are water based. To Hemede water symbolizes the essence of life, a valued commodity often not available to his native people. His future work will describe his dream of the Syrian future, “which is nothing but its beautiful past,"