Born in 1963 Beirut, Lebanon, Jean Marc Nahas is best known for his caricature figures and animalistic motifs that capture the psychological dimensions of war, civil conflict and political turmoil.
Born in Beirut in 1972 to famous Armenian, Lebanese modernist Paul Guiragossian, Manuella Guiragossian grew up surrounded by people with a passion for art and culture.
Born in Beirut, Ginane Makki Bacho is a multimedia artist whose work offers a unique perspective on the disruptive and brutal effects of the Lebanese Civil War and on-going wars in the contemporary world.
Born in 1983 in Sidi Bouzid, Slimen Elkamel is a young visual artist and an extensively published art critic for newspapers, publications, and art catalogs. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions across his native Tunisia, including the Spring of the Arts in 2009 and in the UAE.
Born in Alexandria in 1977, Klay Mohamed Abdel Aziz Kassem graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Alexandria in 2000 and holds an MA (2008) and a Ph.D. (2013) in Art Studies.
Born in Al-Ain city in 1981, Hamdan Bity Al Shamsi is a self-taught artist who works in collage, digital media, and photography, often mixing digital and more traditional techniques to highlight the effects of consumer cultural and technological shifts on artistic production.
Born in 1960, Katya Traboulsi is a Beirut-based multimedia artist whose practice is characterized by the emotional intensity with which she confronts the effects of the Lebanese civil war. Both her painting and sculptural works are characterized by her bold use of color, which disrupts the viewer’s expectations of the dark subject matter they are confronted with. Her solo exhibition Perpetual Identities (2007) held at the Salah Barakat Gallery saw presented 46 hand-crafted replicas of Lebanese war bomb shells adorned with colorful patterns, beads, and sculpted forms, thus transforming these destructive military objects into beautiful, ornate vessels. In 2013, Traboulsi published Generation War, a body of work that traces the story of photojournalists who witnessed the civil war during the 80s – an homage to their efforts and a political project that seeks to record the country’s complex histories. Traboulsi lived and worked in Dubaï from 1989 to 2016 before returning to her native Beirut. Her work has been exhibited internationally since 1986 in Paris, London, Dubai, Kuwait, North America, the Algerian museum of Modern Art, and the International Armory Show in NYC.
Zuheir Dabbagh was born in Aleppo in 1953 and studied at Damascus University …graduation project was about the massacre of Tal al-Zaatar (1976). He is best known for both his bronze and clay sculptures, which are rooted in classical techniques, whereas his colorful paintings convey contemporary influences. In both media, he focuses on human figures, captured in a variety of day-to-day poses such as a man carrying a ladder, a couple embracing, or a wistful woman sitting on a wooden block. Whilst the scenes he depicts deal with everyday situations, his use of color in his paintings is innovative and playful and rendered in an impressionistic style. Since the 1970s he has participated in numerous exhibitions and several of his works are exhibited in the permanent collections of the Damascus Museum, as well as in private collections in Ankara, Dubai, Germany, KSA, Paris, and Canada.
Born in Saida in 1979, Tagreed Darghouth studied painting and sculpture at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Art.
Mansour El Habre was born in Lebanon in 1970 and studied fine arts at the Lebanese University and the University of Balamand. His work as a printmaker, painter, and draftsman often give a surreal take on the realities of daily life, more recently presenting chaotic collage-effect canvases that feature faceless or animal-headed figures. His colorful and atmospheric works speak to the chaos and overlapping narratives of reality that for El Habre, are reduced to elemental forms and colors. His work has been exhibited across notable institutions and art spaces in Beirut, including a permanent collection at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, which also showcased his work at Art Dubai and Abu Dhabi. El Habre has participated in numerous international exhibitions including across the Gulf, Europe, and North America. He lives and works in Beirut, where he is an instructor at ALBA – the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts.
Ismail Al Rifai was born in Mayadin in 1967 and studied Fine Art at the University of Damascus. Al Rifai has served as a member of the Syrian Fine Arts Syndicate as well as the UAE Fine Arts Society and currently works as a researcher in the Department of Culture and Information in Sharjah. The multidisciplinary artist, writer, and poet’s work have evolved from abstract to figurative in the past few years, capturing humans, animals, and human-animal hybrid figures as a means of exploring the hidden beast within every man. He has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally and is the recipient of several literary and artistic awards including the Dubai Culture Award 2015, the first Prize at the Annual Emirates Fine Arts Society exhibition 2013, Sharjah Prize for Creativity for his published novel Stairway of Mud, 2006, Short Novel Award from the Emirates Writers Union, 2005 and Fine Arts Syndicate Award, Syria, 2002.
Walid Ebeid was born in 1970 in Cairo. He began to establish his form of realistic expressionism from the time he was six years old. The main theme of his paintings gives one the impression that there is always a mystic message behind the realistic visuals recreated with his own vision.