About Wissam Shawkat
Wissam Shawkat, although trained as a Civil Engineer, has come to be known worldwide, for his new calligraphic style, “Al Wissam,” which references several traditional scripts and brings them together with modern design. Largely self-taught, Shawkat’s new script first became widespread and popular throughout the Arab art community. In 2011, Shawkat was introduced internationally, with his solo show in NYC, which immediately launched him into celebrity status. Since then, he has continued to stun and amaze the world of art and calligraphy with his creation of “Calligraforms,” an art movement that merges the graphic qualities of classic letterforms with western Abstraction and Cubism. Shawkat’s work is regularly featured in books on Arabic calligraphy and typography, included in museum exhibitions, as well as highly sought after by private collectors.