Born in Qamishli, Syria, in 1951; Youssef Abdelke graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Damascus University; in 1976. He obtained his PhD from the University of Paris VIII, in 1989. He held many solo exhibitions in Tunis, Bahrain, Amman, Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Berlin, and Paris. He also participated in many group events and exhibitions in Damascus, Berlin, Paris, London, Taiwan, and Alexandria. A group of his works were acquired by Arab and European museums. Abdelke has been working in carving, pencil drawing, painting, and book illustrations. He also wrote on several art issues. In his work, Abdelke focuses on reality, but in a special style of expression. He expressed opinions and positions that subjected him to oppression and force him to leave Syria. In his recent work, Abdelke continues to share his vision of the situation in his country, and trying to make the voices of Syrians heard around the world through his artworks.