Heysem Selmo

He was born in 1970 in Raqqa, Syria. After receiving his education in calligraphy, he started to work as a calligraphy teacher in Aleppo in 1999. The artist, who has been regularly visiting Turkiye since 2002, took thuluth n naskh lessons from Calligrapher Hasan Çelebi. During these visit to Turkiye he completed his education and received his license from Hasan Çelebi in 2007. Currently living in Istanbul, the artist continues his calligraphy works and trains students in the same field.

Exhibition and Awards


  • 2003 Tehran International Calligraphy Festival – Tehran
  • Aleppo Turkish Consulate Personal Calligraphy Exhibition – Syria
  • 2008 Aleppo University Solo Exhibition – Syria
  • 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2018 Shariha Calligraphy Forum – United Arab Emirates
  • 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 Dubai Hat Festival - United Arab Emirates
  • Solo Exhibition at Cairo Opera House – Egypt
  • 2018 Western Sydney University Solo Exhibition - Australia


  • Abd al-Hameed Alkateb Calligraphy Competition – 3rd Prize
  • 2003 IRCICA International Calligraphy Competition – Incentive Award
  • 2006 Albaraka Bank Art Competition – Incentive Award
  • 2007 IRCICA International Calligraphy Competition – Incentive Award
  • 2016 IRCICA International Calligraphy Competition – Incentive Award


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This project aims to reveal the effects of migration on the fields of culture and art and has been completed under auspices of İLKE Foundation that has considerably contributed to the society through various projects in different fields it has undertaken over years.

İLKE - Foundation For Science Culture and Education
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Türbe Kapısı Sok. No: 13 Üsküdar/İSTANBUL

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