Born in Damascus, Mohamed Al Mufti is an artist and architect. He moved to Versailles, France in 1994 to pursue his studies in architecture, where he graduated from ENSAV (Ecole Nationale Supérieure D’Architecture de Versailles). Mufti held his first exhibition in France in 2003. Soon after, his work was featured in galleries and museums in France, Italy, Finland, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. In 2012, he moved to Beirut where his work depicted themes and reflections on Syria’s political and social scene. As a documentary artist, his recent work is an inspection of Beirut’s urban landscape and its symbolic architectural structures.
Born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1959, Mohammed Imad Ahmed Mahhouk graduated from the University of Aleppo, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Physics. He then pursued a diploma in the restoration of manuscripts at the library of Sulaimaniya in Istanbul in 1990. Mahhouk then began training in calligraphy under Professor Hasan Chalebi in Istanbul. His works combine the abstract with the literary, and confronts the modern with the traditional in symbiotic compositions. He experiments with the written word, composing precise, quasi-scientific formulas and interpretations of meaning. In addition to producing calligraphic manuscripts, Mahhouk has also participated in several group and solo exhibitions, including the annual show Artists of Aleppo, which he has been involved in since 1992. His works have also been acquired in international private collections. The artist currently lives and works in Istanbul.
Nada Rizk is a Lebanese Finnish artist working mainly in ceramics and bronze. She holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences and International Relations from the London School of Economics and International Relations (LSE) and a Bachelor of Arts from the Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts (ALBA). Nada spent 4 years at Alba working with different media with a special focus on ceramics. She worked with the late, renowned Samir Muller, ceramist and teacher, when she learned and practiced different ceramic sculpture techniques including hand-built ceramics, wheel building, glazing, engobes, oxides, and composition. She has also participated in different ceramic and sculpture workshops abroad, most namely with the renowned English ceramic artist and teacher Mary-Jane Evans. Nada has widely exhibited her ceramic works in many art exhibitions in Lebanon and abroad namely at Art on 56th, the Beirut Art Fair, Beirut Design Fair in Lebanon, as well as at Laterna Magica in Helsinki, Palazzo Priuli in Venice, Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.
Born in Beirut in 1978, the Lebanese-Armenian artist painter Rita Massoyan has established an upcoming and promising career in the local art scene. She received her Master’s Degree with Honors in Fine Arts from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts “ALBA” University of Balamand in 2002. Massoyan was recognized in 2001 and 2002 by the French Embassy of Lebanon for a specialization in Fine Arts at the ENSBA-Paris and ENSA.P-Cergy in France. She held several solo & group exhibitions including the Salon d’Automne at Sursock Museum and the International Print Festival, LIFE N STYLE in Georgia. Her works have been placed in various private collections including, the Lebanese Ministry of Culture, the French Embassy of Lebanon, the Residence des Pins Beirut, and several others throughout the world.
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1961, Wissam Beydoun received his Bachelor of Arts from the Lebanese American University with the Sheikh Zayed Award distinction. Beydoun’s work revolves around the human body and its relations with other beings and things. This particular subject allows him to express his sentiments on life and experiment with organic forms. He has held several individual and collective exhibitions in Lebanon and France, and has participated in Sursock Museum’s ‘Salon d’Automne’. His work is featured in numerous private collections.