Muscat-based artist flying to Greece for UNESCO & Zervas Art painting symposium

Muscat-based artist Ibrahim Gailani is flying to Greece to take part in UNESCO & Zervas Art painting symposium which will be held in Athens from April 22 to 28, 2017.
Gailani is one of the 50 artists invited from 22 different countries to paint at UNESCO heritage sites in Greece. The painting symposium will culminate with the 4th International Athena Art Festival where the works created will also be exhibited.
“I was simply thrilled at the opportunity to paint in such a historic city, and to be part of a UNESCO initiative and interact with artists from different countries,” Gailani said.
Greek mythology has always fascinated Gailani whose painting of the Greek god Zeus is displayed at the Maserati Showroom in Muscat.
It was his painting of Zeus that caught the organizers eye on social media and they contacted Gailani to be a part of the symposium and art festival.
“It’s really amazing how social media is helping artists expand their reach. This is the third international event in a span of six months that has contacted me to participate simply through social media, so the message to artist struggling to get their work out there is to keep producing and posting your work, because the world is shrinking and sooner or later they too will get noticed,” Gailani said.
Known for his bold pop-art inspired portraits with shimmering gold, bronze and reds as his favorite colour palettes, he intends to continue the Greek mythology theme in this forum and paint “Athena – The Goddess of War & Wisdom” who ironically is the motherless daughter of Zeus and on whom the city is named after.