Akil Ahmad was born in Syria in 1988. His fascination for Arabic calligraphy began at a very young age. A graduate from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Aleppo, he currently lives in Beirut, Lebanon. Akil’s main inspiration comes from the Arabic musical entitled ‘Maqams’, which translates to a place or a position one can have. Based on the audio tapes, an optical pattern is created. During his process, Akil spends his time researching about ink compositions and natural paper manufacturing. In 2015, he was awarded the Al-Burda Prize in Dubai.
2018 أربعون مقاماً في العشق, The Forty Maqamat of Love, Dar Al Funoon in collaboration with Fatina Al Sayed, Kuwait
2017 Fi Hadrat Al-Harf, Dar El-Nimer, Beirut, Lebanon
2017 Beirut Art Fair, Beirut, Lebanon
2016 Noqta, Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, UAE
2015 Bahrain Art, Bahrain