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Birth Date: 1951/6/22

Birth Place: Hama, Syria

Nationality: Syrian people

Field: Political cartoon

Training: Damascus University

Awards: Sakharov Prize (2011), Prince Claus Awards (2002)

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Ali Farzat (Arabic: ??? ??????; born 22 June 1951) is a renowned Syrian political cartoonist. He has published more than 15,000 caricatures between Syrian, Arab and international newspapers. He serves as the head of the Arab Cartoonists' Association. Farzat was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2012.
Farzat was born and raised in the city of Hama, in central Syria on 22 June 1951. His first professional drawings appeared, when he was 14, on the front pages of al-Ayyam newspaper, shortly before it was banned by the ruling Baath Party. In 1969 he began drawing caricatures for the state-run daily, al-Thawra. He enrolled at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University in 1970, and left before graduating in 1973. In the mid-1970s he moved to another government controlled daily, Tishreen, where his cartoons appeared every day. International recognition followed in 1980 when he won the first prize at the Intergraphic International Festival in Berlin, Germany, and his drawings began to appear in the French newspaper Le Monde. His exhibition in 1989 at the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, France, brought on him a death threat from Saddam Hussein, and a ban from Iraq, Jordan and Libya. The drawing that brought about the most controversy was called The General and the Decorations which showed a general handing out military decorations instead of food to a hungry Arab citizen.
Farzat's initial encounter with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was prior to his presidency in 1996. According to Farzat, "He [Bashar] actually laughed at some of the cartoons--specifically at those targeting security personnel--he had a bunch of them with him and he turned to them and said: 'Hey, he is making fun of you. What do you think?" Afterward the two developed a friendship. In December 2000 Farzat started publishing al-Domari ("The Lamplighter"), which was the first independent periodical in Syria since the Baath Party came to power in 1963.

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Creative dissent in Syria

The Syrian regime has gone to great lengths to silence the satirical commentary of Ali Ferzat. But the celebrated cartoonist and Index award winner has no intention of letting the censors keep him down. Malu Halasa reports Three months before the start of ...
Posted: June 18, 2012, 5:00 pm

Syrian masked gunmen break political cartoonist Ali Ferzat's hands as 'warning'

"It's not only Ali Ferzat that we're worried about. The regime has also locked up a number of other prominent dissidents to send a message." Assad's crackdown has not spared other Syrian intellectuals and artists who dared to voice criticism. A group of ...
Posted: August 25, 2011, 2:53 pm

Symbolic portrayals important to caricature – ‘Art demands both responsibility and courage’

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat is one of the Middle East’s most important ... At that point of time, I did not care about my safety, I wanted to walk the talk. Art demands both responsibility and courage. Q: Do you feel that other artists have shouldered ...
Posted: November 29, 2015, 4:00 pm

Ali Ferzat, cartoonist in exile

"Of all the arts, cartoons stand on the frontline against dictators," says Ali Ferzat. Speaking from Kuwait, where he lives in exile, the 62-year-old Syrian is one of the Middle East's most important living artists. Since the late 1960s, his satirical ...
Posted: August 18, 2013, 5:00 pm

The fearless master of the visual jab

Political satirist Ali Ferzat was recently in Malta to give a talk about the political situation in Syria. Writer and illustrator Ġorġ Mallia catches up with him and analyses some of his best-known cartoons. The horrendous story of how Sakharov Prize ...
Posted: November 27, 2016, 6:06 am
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