Born in 1951 in Syria, Youssef Abdelke graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts and went on to obtain a diploma in Etching from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Paris in 1986 and a PhD in Plastic Arts, from University Paris VIII in 1989. His works from the eighties until mid-nineties are a collection of artworks, mostly engraving on copper or zinc and drawings with pastel, in which characters are depicted in a sarcastic way. His recent works consisting of charcoal on paper are still life subjects such as knives, shoes, etc. or massive scaled birds. His works can be found in numerous private collections and museums, amongst which are the British Museum, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Amman Museum of Modern Art, and the National Museum of Kuwait.
2014 Claude Lemand Gallery, Paris, France
2014 Paris Art Fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France
2014 Tanit Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2011 Sharjah International Biennial, Sharjah, UAE