Diala Brisly

I hope that my visual work might stand as a testament someday to the historic events that have unfolded around me and the social issues that have driven the heart of my work. Several themes have consistently run through all my projects; social justice, freedom for the Syrian people, and a desire in particular to give a voice to children, the most voiceless and most vulnerable among those who have been targeted in Syria’s current turmoil.

Born in Kuwait to Syrian parents in 1980, I grew up in Damascus and was based there until the uprisings sent me and legions of other artists fleeing to different countries till I finally got my asylum in France where I keep working on my projects as a freelancer.

I began as a cartoonist at the Syrian-based Spacetoon channel in 2001, where I received my first training, and soon began as a layout artist for the fledgling cartoon series. Since then, my career has spanned a variety of mediums and capacities, including layout design, animation, concept art, painting, comic books, and character design.

Now I more focus on spot lighting on the education situation of Syrian kids, and refugees in general, in 2014 I started my own initiative making murals in the refugee camps and alternative education centers between Lebanon and Turkey to encourage kids going back to school after skipping for few years because of the war, In parallel I was doing art workshops for kids and adult to help them express themselves, also I’m working on wellbeing and psychological themes recently like post trauma.