Portait of Ali Kaaf
Syrian, born in Oran, Algeria, 1977
Lives and works in Berlin
Studies
2002 - 05 Degree in Fine Arts – under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca Horn. Fine Arts Academy / Universität der Künste (UdK) Berlin, Germany
2000 - 02 Study of Fine Arts, Fine Arts Academy / UdK, workshop of Prof. Marwan Kassab Bachi, Berlin, Germany
1994 - 98 Degree in Fine Arts, Fine Arts Academy / Institut des Beaux-Arts Beirut, Lebanon
Awards
2014 Honorary AIR Awardees, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2010 Young Collectors for MAXXI 2010, Young Collectors Association - Fair Roma. The Road to contemporary Art, Rome, Italy  
2005 - 06 Solidere's Artists in Residence Program, Beirut, Lebanon
2004 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Prize for Outstanding International Students, assigned by UdK, Berlin

 

Solo shows (selection)

2016 ''Die Farbe des Wassers ist die Farbe seines Gefäßes''
  The Bumiller Collection, Berlin, Germany, ( Exhibition opening on April 22th ) 
2016 Unsilenced, InSpace Curatorial at the Pacific Felt Factory, San Francisco, USA
2015 Papier und Glass, Kunsthaus Langenberg, Velbert-Langenberg, Germany
2014 Scherben Mantra, Bomb Gallery, Mostar, Bosnia
2013 Mihrab, Moontower Foundation, Bad König-Zell, Germany, catalogue
2013 Paper and Glass, Salon Neucologne, Berlin, Germany
2012 Hollowing Light, Custer County Art & Heritage Center, Miles City, USA
2012 Fragile Strength, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, USA
2010 Gubar, Gallery Rafia, Damascus, Syria, catalogue
2009 Eclipse, GALLERIA | MARIE-LAURE FLEISCH, Rome, Italy
2008 Oh nein Oh, Gallery Naprzeciw, Poznan, Poland
2008 Der Schwarze Garten, Galerie Sakamoto Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
2007 Schwarz, Galerie Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany
2006 Discovery Planet, in collaboration with Solidere, Beirut, Lebanon, catalogue
2006 Khan Ashad-Bacha, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Damascus, Syria, catalogue
2005 ArteEast Virtual Gallery, New York, USA
2004 Aswad, Darat al Funun, Khalid Shoman Foundation, Amman, Jordan
Group shows (selection)
2015 Ortstermin mit Leoni Wirth, Kunsthaus Dresden- Städtische Galerie Dresden, Dresde, Germany  
2015 LIVING WITH ENDANGERED LANGUAGES IN THE INFORMATION AGE, Root Division, San Francisco, USA  
2015 “Bearing Witness: Surveillance in the Drone Age” San Francisco International Arts Festival, Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture, San Francisco, USA   
2015 I AMsterdam YOU BErlin / Contemporary art, Gallery CundK Unterwegs, Berlin, Germany  
2015 art’pu:l-SPOT 2015 – Fair for contemporary art, Pulheim, Germany  
2015 Mixed Pickles, Gallery CundK Unterwegs, Berlin, Germany   
2014 ''RISS'' Said Baalbaki and Ali Kaaf, Gallery CundK Unterwegs, Berlin, Germany  
2014 Be my guest, Galerie E.G.P, Paris, France   
2014 Kunststoff Syrien 2014, Forum Factory, Berlin, Germany  
2014 KWER - Magazin der Abstraktion, do you read me?! Designers & Books, Berlin, Germany  
2014 Scherben Mantra, official selection, Alfilm - Arab Filmfestival, Berlin, Germany  
2013 Syrian Diaries, Korridor No. 33, Kopenhagen, Denmark  
2013 SyriArt, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France, catalogue  
2012 KUNSTSTOFF SYRIEN, Forum Factory, Berlin, Germany, catalogue  
2012 MiArt, International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair, GALLERIA MARIE-LAURE FLEISCH, Milano, Italy  
2012 AMBIENTARTE, terza edizione, Gaeta, Italy, catalogue  
2012 Arrivi e Partenze 2012, Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Italy  
2012 Rebecca Horn and Friends, Contemporary Art Museum, Maribor, Slovenia, catalogue  
2011 Art Fair Bologna, GALLERIA MARIE-LAURE FLEISCH, Bologna, Italy  
2010 Moontower Foundation, Bad König-Zell, Germany  
2010 Spiegel im Spiegel, Horb am Neckar, Germany, catalogue  
2010 Glass Works, Global Health Equity Foundation, San Francisco, USA  
2009 Ode, Kommunale Galerie Berlin, Berlin, Germany, catalogue  
2009 Taswir – Islamische Bildwelten und Moderne, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, catalogue  
2008 Rites of Passage, Galería Maior Pollença, Spain  
2007 Flowing Times, Galerie Schüppenhauer, Köln, Germany  
2007 Back and Forth, Villa Grisebach, Berlin, Germany  
2007 Château Ivre, Schloss Sacro, created by Rebecca Horn, Berlin, Germany, catalogue  
2005 Haus im Körper, Galerie Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany, catalogue  
2003 Durchzug im Löwenpalais, Stiftung Starcke, Löwenpalais, Berlin, Germany  
2003 213, UdK, Berlin, Germany  
2002 UdK - Beaux Arts, Sciences Politiques, Saint-Germain, Paris, France  
2002 Montags, Klasse Marwan 1977-2002, UDK, Berlin, Germany, catalogue  
Professional activity and publications
2016 speaker to the public launch of the workshop ''Glass Blowing and Glass Art in the Middle East and Europe”, Pergamonmuseum-Museum for Islamic Art in Berlin, Berlin Germany (  january 27th )
2015 Artworks From Ali Kaaf, TAZ am Wochenende, TAZ Newspaper, Berlin, Germany
2015 YESTERDAY SHADOW/ MIHRAB- Artist Tak- Rimma Arslanov and Ali Kaaf, Kunsthaus Dresden- Städtische Galerie Dresden, Dresde, Germany
2015 „Intima“, visual direction & creative content, dance project in cooperation with Dawson Dance SF and choreograph Gregory Dawson, San Francisco
2014 “KWER – Magazin der Abstraktion”, some of my work was shown in the first issue
2012 - 14 Working in the curatorial team for the exhibition “Kunststoff Syrien” in Forum Factory, Berlin
2013 Book “Ali Kaaf: Paper and Glass”, with a poem by German artist Rebecca Horn, texts by Paris-based art historian Doris von Drathen and Robyn G. Peterson, Executive Director of Yellowstone Art Museum. Produced by Moontower Foundation and Meta Space Foundation, Leipzig, 76 pages
2013 Issue No. 104 of “Kuenstler – Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst” features my recent glass and paper works. The text “Ortsteilung” was written by art historian Doris von Drathen
2013 Interview on German and French TV Channel Arte in my studio in Berlin “Atelier Besuch”, in cultural program “Metropolis”
2011 - 13 Four blowing glass workshops with glass artist James Mongrain, Seattle WA, USA