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To Lift Our Spirits: Contemplative Art

CARAVAN Board Member Sylvia van Vliet Ragheb shares her top pick.


Mark Rothko, Orange, Red, Yellow, 1961, Oil on canvas, 236.2 x 206.4 cm



I vividly recall the first time I laid eyes on Rothko's works, I was instantly overcome with emotion. His paintings transcend luminosity, philosophy and the sublime. I always value knowing the artist personally and with him I immediately experienced an intimate exchange through his work. As Rothko himself once said, "Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit."



Sylvia van Vliet Ragheb is the co-Founder of Syra Arts, a gallerist and specialist in contemporary Arab art. Originally from the Netherlands, she is a graduate of the Schoevers Institute in Nijmegen,  studied French at the Sorbonne in Paris, and has since lived in Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. While in Egypt she became immersed in the Egyptian art scene.

Following the “Egyptian Revolution,” Sylvia moved to Washington DC, co-founding Syra Arts, with a gallery in the Georgetown area promoting Egyptian and Middle Eastern artists in the US. Her gallery represents some of the Middle East's leading contemporary painters, sculptors, and jewelry designers. She also represents the renowned Egyptian jeweler, Azza Fahmy, in the United States.