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As an artist, my work delves into the themes of unity and contrast, both in the literal layering of traditional media and found materials, and in the figurative combining of the real and mythical. My paintings and collages feature a blend of landscapes, portraits, and contemporary themes, all rendered in a style that merges expressionism with the otherworldly.

Through the process of collaging and layering various media, I aim to uncover the complexities of my own identity and craft cohesive visual narratives out of fragmented elements. My work is driven by impulse, dreams, and a desire to understand the mysteries of the world around me. I often incorporate elements of the occult and queer camp, using loose, ephemeral lines and glitter, marker, and paint on gossamer craft paper to reflect the unreliable nature of observation and memory.

In each of my works, I seek to give form to my meditations, dreams, and observations, creating a diary of the psyche that strives to uncover hidden meanings and transform mundane observations into magical, metaphysical revelations. My art is an alchemical process, seeking to visually transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.



BIOGRAPHY

Adam Chamy is a multidisciplinary artist, architect, and writer based in Washington, DC. His work reflects themes of unity and contrast through the layering of traditional and found materials and the combining of real and mythical elements. Chamy's work has  exhibited at venues including the United Nations East Gallery, Washington National Airport, al-Quds Gallery, Museo di Briggitano, and numerous other art spaces nationally and internationally. His art and writing has won accolades including as awardee of the Half-Light Press Short Story prize for the "The Two Halves House". His solo art show "Of Refuge, Of Home" was featured by the Washington Post's The Express and NPR's WAMU Arts Desk. As an architect, he was a designer for numerous projects including as a designer of  the award winning adaptive reuse of the St. Elizabeth's mental health hospital into affordable housing at Cunningham Quill Architects and as a winner of a AIA COTE Student Award. 

SELECT EXHIBITION LIST 

2023  Winner & Author, "The Two Halves House",  Short Story Prize, Half Light Press,, New Orleans, LA
2022,  Exhibitor, Waves of Joy, Gallery Y, Washington, DC
2022,  Exhibitor, Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition, Washington, DC

2022, Semi-Finalist, Trawick Prize, Bethesda, Maryland 

2022,  Author, "The Cactus House",  Sentience Literary Journal, Los Angeles, CA

2021 Exhibitor, Pride, Portico Gallery, Brentwood, MD
2020,  Exhibitor, Art is not Optional, al-Quds Gallery, Washignton, DC

2019  Illustrator & Author, TinyQueerZine
2018, Illustrator, SuperFine! Art Fair, Washington, DC 

2018, Illustrator, Two Hawks Quarterly, Antioch University, Culver City, California

2017, Exhibitor, ThinkSmall, Art Space, Richmond, Virginia

2017, Finalist ArtBank, Juried Contest for Public Art with the District of Columbia , Washington, DC

2017,  Exhibitor, LookCloser, Pop-Up at Georgetown Day School, Washington, DC. 
2017  Exhibitor, Hill Center Regional Juried Exhibition Washington, DC

2017  Exhibitor, “Look Closer” Georgetown Visitation, Washington, DC

2017  Exhibitor, Artomatic, Crystal City, Virginia
2016 Exhibitor, Forbidden Colors, al-Quds Gallery, Washington, DC
2015  Exhibitor, And We Have Countries, al-Quds Gallery, Washington, DC

2013  Exhibitor, League of Arab States Reception, Ronald Reagan Atrium Gallery, Washington, DC

2012  Exhibitor, “The Art of Rebellion”, Museo del Brigantaggio, Itri, Italy

2012  Exhibitor, Palestine: Memories, Dreams, Perseverance, Northeast Gallery, United Nations, New York, NY

2012  Exhibitor, Paint the Music – Live Painting at Ebenezer Coffee House

2012 Cover Illustrator and Designer for Novel: The Lost Tribes of the Alleghenies by Alan Margolis 
2011,  Exhibitor, Regan National Airport - "Artomatic Takes Flight"- Arlington, VA

2011 Solo Show, “Of Refuge, Of Home” al-Quds Gallery, Washington, DC 

2011 Exhibitor, “Arab-American Art Exhibition”–National Arab American Professionals Network-DC 

2011  Illustrator & Designer “Washington” Numbers Alive! Books for Young Travelers” by Rebecca Klemm

2011  Exhibitor, “Art” by Adam Chamy & Jessica Shull, Flying Fish Tea & Coffee, Washington, DC

2009 Exhibitor, “Just Art” GaleriaZero, Barcelona, Spain

2009  Exhibitor, “My Space on 5th”, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC

2005,  Exhibitor, "Young Masters" Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX

EDUCATION

2016    Master of .Architecture / Master of Community Planning   University of Maryland, College Park, MD

2009   BA   George Washington University , Washington, DC

SELECT PUBLICATION + MEDIA

Half Light Press

Sentience Literary 

 

Two Hawks Quarterly

Al-Hurrah News

Washington Post's The Express

The Washington Blade

 

The Dallas Morning News

The Fort Worth Star Telegram

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