Edward was born in Damascus in 1952. He studied at the Suhail Ahdab Center in Hama and the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Damascus University before undertaking a residency at the Anatoli Klankov Atelier in Russia. Edward has always been obsessed with drawing. The shape of the human body fascinates him and can be found in many of his paintings. Colour is one of his greatest passions; a small spot of color can have an enormous richness of drama and expression, creating a visual tension.
Inspired by folk tales, myths and local icons, Shahda’s almost spiritual themes range from Assyrian figures and Palmyrian sculptures to the lives of poets and even Islamic ornaments. Known for sombre-faced figures that create powerful and emotionally resonant scenes, he also tends to paint the female form. Working in mixed media, acrylic, oil and Indian ink, his pieces exhibit an underlying tension through the thicknesses of the line and the contrast of colors.
Shahda’s works were exhibited at both international solo and group exhibitions in Syria, Russia, Lebanon, Egypt, Dubai, Turkey, the US, Canada, France, Switzerland and China. Some of his international exhibitions include the Alexandria Biennale, two editions of the Beijing International Art Biennale and the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris