Marwan Sahmarani

Born in 1970 in Beirut, Lebanon, Marwan Sahmarani studied at l’École Supérieur d’Art  Graphique in Paris, France. His oil paintings are notable for his explosive use of color and frenetic brushwork that imbues the dense scenes he paints with energetic movement.  First attracted to surrealist distorted figure, his later style moved closer to abstraction, blending Arabo-Islamic culture with iconography with that of Western civilization and art historical references. Owing to the sociopolitical milieu in which he works, Sahmarani’s work deals with the chaotic effects of war on society and individuals, and more broadly the political turmoil that ensues.  He has held numerous solo shows including in Beirut, London, Montreal and Dubai and group exhibitions in Washington and Mexico, and in 2012 he took park in Contemporary Lebanon: Art Beyond Violence, Singapore Art Fair (Lebanese Pavilion), Singapore. In 2010, he was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize.  The artist is based between Beirut and Spain.