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Syed Hosain

A vivid, visual smorgasbord of abstract paint and vintage print imagery that compels viewers to look deep into these lively paintings.

About Syed Hosain:

Syed Hosain explores unfixed histories, traditions, and constructions, of Middle-East geography and his own Muslim identity through painting.  Process and material driven, Hosain builds up rich surfaces on canvas creating a tension between recognition and obliteration. 


He also works into found surfaces, like old encyclopedias and history books, reworking images with additive and subtractive layers of paint, obscuring factual information and imagery to highlight multiple reading and meaning of text and image. 


Syed Hosain was born in Pakistan and lives and teaches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.

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