Rim El Jundi
Born in Beirut in 1965, Rim El Jundi studied religious art at the University of the Holy Spirit in Kaslik and fine art at the Lebanese American University, where she was awarded The Sheikh Zayed Graduation Award in 1997. Her artistic training is reflected in her paintings, which are characterised by their vivid colours and composition often found in stained-glass windows and include motifs found in paintings of classical icons. Her paintings are nevertheless executed in a contemporary style that is reminiscent of pop art, offering a unique portrayal of Beirut and its inhabitants that raises questions about the socio-political realities of the city. Her works are permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut, and she has participated in numerous exhibitions including the Alexandria Biennale in 1997 and at Cork Street gallery in London in 2004. El Jundi received acknowledgement of the jury at the Alexandria Biennale and the Prix de Triangle Art pour une Residence d’Artiste at Vermont Sudio Centre, 2005, sponsored by the Ford Foundation.