Graduated from the Lebanese University with a Diplome d'Etudes Superieures in Fine Arts in 2001, and a Master's Degree in Visual Arts in 2012. The intervening years were spent in teaching and developing her practice as a visual artist. During this time,
she also attended several workshops in Lebanon and abroad. In 1994, she pursued various Fine Arts courses at Tulsa Junior College
in Oklahoma in the USA. Since 2007 she has been teaching at LAU's School of Architecture and Design. She has held solo exhibitions from 2001 throughout 2012 and has also participated in several collective exhibitions between 2010 and 2016.
Born in 1958 in Beirut, Lebanon, Samir Tamari began drawing and painting at the age of seven. He then pursued studies in Art and Advertising Techniques in Montreal, Canada. It is in his beautiful hometown of Saghbine, in the West Bekaa, that he used to spend his summers, which eventually influenced his creative vision and strengthened his affinities with colors and shapes. His compositions are based in the figurative and abstract styles the artist currently lives and works in Beirut, and his most recent exhibition took place in Beirut, in June 2017.
Johanna Jonsson Abchee is a Swedish-Iraqi mirror designer, currently based in Beirut.
Raised in Stockholm, she sought inspiration in her childhood travels, living between Saudi
Arabia, Greece, Laos and Spain. She then moved to Beirut to pursue studies in advertising
and marketing. After getting married and raising three children, Johanna began reflecting
upon her own journey and experiences, both literally and metaphorically, through mirrors.
In this vein, she expresses: “A mirror is the most intimate connection to yourself. It’s
shallow and profound at the same time, presenting you with a choice – to see the superficial
or if you dare, go deeper.” Johanna launched Karma J in 2009 and quickly earned her spot
as a new-coming artist at Beirut’s Design Week in 2014. In 2016, she was then selected
at La Serre in Dubai as an Aspiring Artist for a solo exhibition. That same year, Karma J
was inaugurated in both the commercial and residential sectors in Dubai, as well as Beirut.
She then won the International A Award in Italy for The Rebel in 2016. Her path since teems
with personal and professional growth, through reflections and the conception of new collections.
She affirms:“Since knowledge is as infinite as the universe, the understanding
of self (and of others) is an everlasting journey.”