Khaled Akil was born into an artistic family and is the son of established painter 
Youssef Akil.  Born in Aleppo, Syria, Khaled graduated from Beirut Arab University 
with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science in 2009. After graduating, the 
self-taught photographer returned to Syria just prior to that nation’s Civil War, 
where he sought to discuss the nation’s complexities through his artwork. 


Khaled boldly examines some of the most difficult issues facing contemporary 
Middle Eastern society, and in particular, addresses social, political and sexual 
contradictions. His work is a “hybrid of photography and painting” and is pregnant 
with layers of ancient scripts and symbols, exemplifying the intricacies of modern-
day Syria, as seen in The Unmentioned (2011) and Legend of Death (2013) series.
Since 2009, Akil has held several solo shows in Syria and abroad in London (2012) 
and in Istanbul (2013), where he has periodically resided during the conflict at 
home.