Rashwan holds a Bachelor’s degree in printmaking techniques from the Facultyof Fine Arts of Damascus University. His paintings have been shown in Syria, Lebanon, the UK, and the US. Recent solo shows include One Eye Open: Paintings by Rashwan Abdelbaki at George Mason University, Little Syria at the Metropolitan College of New York, Light Up The Darkness at Dar Al Mussawir in Beirut, Lebanon, and A Moment at Al Hamra Theatre in Damascus, Syria. Rashwan has received fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, the Institute of International Education’s Artist Protection Fund, and the Vermont Studio Center.
Rashwan’s work emerges in the context of the ongoing Syrian war and the underlying social crises currently being experienced by the citizens of the Middle East. A recurring motif in his paintings are figures clothed in simple striped garments and depicted with one eye open and the other eye closed.