Anachar Basbous

Born in 1969 in Lebanon, Anachar Basbous works and lives with his wife and two children in Rachana, Lebanon, a village of open-air sculptures overlooking the wide expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. He was born into a family of artists: his father Michel Basbous was a renowned sculptor in his own right and his mother was a writer and poet. Anachar has lived and breathed art and creativity since his
birth. He made his first sculpture at the age of 10. Even his name Anachar is a play on his birthplace, forever tying him to this magical place. Anachar finished his studies in Beirut, then continued his graduate studies in Paris at the ENSAAMA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et des Métiers d’Art),
where he specialised in architectural wall design. When he returned to Lebanon in 1992, he opened his own sculpture workshop in Rachana, where he dedicated himself to stone, wood and metal sculptures, as well as murals. His works can be found across Lebanon and beyond, in public places, hotels, private residences and gardens. In 2008, he was commissioned to create a ten-metre bronze public sculpture in commemoration of the life and death of the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, erected on the exact spot where he had been assassinated by a car explosion in Downtown Beirut. His sculptures appear in many private collections as well as in public places in Lebanon, France, United States, UK, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and beyond.