Lebanese-French Joëlle Acoury Kurdy studied make up and body artistry in Paris and Beirut. In 1972, she was attested by Le Ministère de l'Education Nationale et des Beaux Arts in Lebanon. In 1976, she moved to Abu Dhabi and in 1994, established the first Luxury Beauty Centre in the UAE. She celebrated art by commissioning her space to exhibit artists and art courses. Joëlle is a self- taught artist. Her inclination towards the arts started from a very young age and throughout the years she experimented with various techniques from silk painting, to charcoal drawing, acrylic to ceramics, water and oil painting. She dedicated herself to learning art techniques through private lessons with well-known artists, and travelled to numerous museums and art exhibitions around the world. Joëlle has a profound interest in spirituality, healing and the esoteric. Most of her works revolve around life's experiences, the subtle range of human emotions and the return to the self. She now transcends makeup artistry and expands her creativity from ‘The Face Canvas’ to ‘The Cotton Canvas’. Joëlle currently lives and works in Abu Dhabi.