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  • Flavio Man was born in Tucuman, north of Argentina, in 1987. He lived in a small city between mountains, jungle, desert and buildings. This experience and contrasts are part of his art. After finishing High School in 2004 he studied Fine Arts in UNT, Tucuman. Years later he went to Buenos Aires to study film editing in ENERC. The art of the editing is important, because it is a dialog and a construction between images, generating sense and shape from different shots. He participated in several projects that were in festivals such as Cannes, Montreal. These years he attended an abstract art Workshop with Juan Astica, learning the language and expression of the abstract art. In the year 2018 he went into exile in Berlin. He currently lives there, working on exhibitions and creating new pieces of work.

  • Lebanese artist, Haibat Balaa Bawab graduated in 1975 from Beirut University College (now Lebanese American University). In 1982 she was awarded the unique prize from the Central Bank for designing the Lebanese currency. She was an art instructor at LAU from 1987 till 2001 when she earned a post at AUST where she is currently an art coordinator. Haibat has participated in numerous solo and collective exhibitions in Lebanon, throughout the Middle East as well as in Europe. Haibat constructs imaginative abstract works using paper clippings in an innovative technique. By affixing abstract cutout pieces from printed media in a figurative composition, she gives her collages an illuminating existence.
  • Born in Kuwait in 1968, Halloum studied at the National Institute of Fine Art in Lebanon, where he graduated in 1993. He then went on to attend the Academia di Bera in Milan, where he received his diploma in 1999. The artist has participated in several solo and collective exhibitions throughout the Middle East and internationally, including Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar the UAE and Italy. His works are featured in several regional and global private collections.

    Halloum finds his inspiration in nature. He depicts richly textured landscapes with vivid colours and airy configurations. His works embrace the painting medium, emphasizing the flatness of the canvas. Halloum also paints sculptures and plays with the surface and texture of the materials to render illusions of flatness.
    He plays with the concepts of space and depth, while utilizing techniques of chromatic expressionism. He paints from direct observation, carefully studying movement and light, engaging with these elements to produce snapshots of splendid visual experiences rooted in the present moment.

    The artist’s oeuvre possesses remnants of art historical traditions and alludes to the works of the Post-Impressionists Cézanne and Gauguin. Halloum’s use of colour is intense and expressive. His application of pigment is generous and his brushwork is energetic. Appeasing and enticing, Halloum’s paintings have a tangible feel, with his use of simplified forms rendered through colour planes. Whether he paints a luminous landscape, a busy market scene, an intimate balcony view or an anonymous sitter, he simultaneously freezes action and emanates bustle.

    Halloum’s paintings are expansive, where landscapes and scenes are given room to flourish. However, he skilfully adds a layer to this concept, by giving the impression that the images extend beyond their canvases, symbolizing the abundance of nature. His oeuvre also graphically carries an unfinished quality, further suspending the momentum of the compositions.

  • With him, the most ancestral of works becomes a modern art.
    Former Student of Teachers Training College, he specializes in psycho
    pedagogy at the Teachers Training College of Aix-En-Provence in 1955.
    Eager to knowledge, he follows up oriental studies and Islamology as well as
    Humanities at the Saint Joseph University, in addition to a BA in Management
    and Finances at the Lebanese University.
    Following that, he organizes trainings and activities in the manual pedagogic
    technology workshop at the Teachers Training College of Beirut.
    At the School of art crafts, he specializes in Ceramics and crown all this
    by a third cycle of research in “The handicraft production of actual ceramic
    in Lebanon, technical researches, stylistics and linguistics” at the Sorbonne in 1965.
    Ceramic requires knowledge in geography and geology in order to recognize the
    important sites for the extraction of clay, in history to be inspired thereby
    improve the old pieces, in sociology for the observation of the daily life,
    the manners and traditions of the craft-potter, and particularly in applied chemistry,
    since the clay is a hydrated alumina silicate.
    Multi-formation, double objectives: pedagogic and economic.
    On one hand, he aims at improving the life conditions of potters by
    developing and modernizing their profession. On the other hand, he brings technical
    assistance based on: the choice of raw materials used in the composition of the paste,
    the filtration of the ceramic slip by the sieve; improvement of the
    cleanness of the settling tank, diversification of the turned or modeled pieces,
    mechanization of the mixture of the clay with the raw materials and at last,
    encouragement of the creation of miniature pieces according
    to the need of the tourism market.
    His major concern was the improvement of the means, modes and frames
    in the same craft continuity. If it is needed to be more liberal in the production
    of functional pieces, Dr. Barchini was keen to save the style of the patrimonial
    pieces while following with caution the evaluation process.
  • Daughter of Alfred Maalouf, a great Lebanese painter and visionary, Louna Maalouf grew up in a family and environment of artists. Since a young age, art has always been an essential part of her life. In 1988, she obtained her graduate diploma in Fine Arts from Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA). Since 1989 and until now, she is committed to teaching at ALBA. She transmits to her students her artistic talent in schools of architecture and cinema. In 1997, Maalouf received a grant as a professor to pursue silkscreen printing and photography at the National School of Fine Arts in Cergy, Paris. She has participated in many group and solo exhibitions. Her work centers on the woman, the city and the citizen, and their role, identity and position in the world. A positive force emanates from her canvases, which portray the city she cherishes beyond all and from which she finds inspiration: Beirut.

  • Born in Lebanon in 1970, Mansour El Habre is a multidisciplinary artist working across painting, printmaking and new media. He holds a BFA from the Lebanese University and an MFA from the University of Balamand. He is an instructor at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts (ALBA).
    In addition to exhibiting on a regular basis in some of Lebanon’s foremost art spaces, El Habre has been featured in galleries and festivals across the Gulf, Europe and North America. He has been represented, since 1993, by Galerie Janine Rubeiz where he has held solo and group exhibitions: “Scènes de vie” and “Football” (2002), “Coup d’œil : Passé et Présent I” (2005), “Fiction” (2008-2009), “Artistes Libanais” Galerie Janine Rubeiz & Dar Al Founoun, “Lignes et Couleurs” (2008), “Republicafé” (2012), “Clin d’œil” (2014), “Home Life” (2015), “. In 2010, he participated in the exhibition “Convergence - New Art from Lebanon”, at the Katzen Art Center at the American University in Washington DC. His work has been showcased with Galerie Janine Rubeiz at several international art fairs like Art Dubai, Art Abu Dhabi and Beirut Art Fair.

  • 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.

  • Born in 1988 and graduated from Villa Arson in 2012, Quentin Derouet came out with honors
    and the Nice city’s price that rewards his masterful and minimal gesture : the trace of a crushed
    rose on a wall. He now works between his two studios, in Paris and Aveyron in South of France.
    Between 2012 and 2014, Quentin Derouet worked on different conceptual projects - Le Cirque
    Noir - he created a perfume, - Intention - developped The Little Mathematical Theory of Poetic
    Spaces. In 2014 he collaborated with Fabrice Hyber and the Meilland Society creator and producer
    of roses based in Salon de Provence. They worked to develop a new variety of rose which
    characteristic would be to let the most beautiful trace when it is crushed on a surface.
    He then developped series of paintings from the most primitive mark to parietal painting, while
    actually questioning contemporary painting. He created a rose garden in South of France, and
    produces only with the blooming of its flowers. He has exhibited in several museums, the Museum
    of Modern Art of Saint-Etienne, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Nice, the Kunst Merano
    Arte in Italy and at Villa Arson. His work is represented by three galleries, in Paris, Nice and Shanghai
    China and has been exhibited in various international art fairs such as Art Shenzhen, Fiac in Paris
    or in Turin during a duo show with Hans Bellmer.He is now preparing a publication with Dilecta Editions
    in Paris, in collaboration with the Thalie Art Foundation in Brussels and writer Boris Bergmann.

  • 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.
  • Reading into the works of Sara Chaar is like jumping head on into a rumbling stream of consciousness, inhabited by insect-like creatures created with instinctual marks transferring her impulses and feelings directly onto the piece.
    The process is a cycle of constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing, echoing the never-ending story of Beirut. 
     
    With construction tools, she accumulates layers of paint and material that work as a foundation that she later on scratches through with screwdrivers, cutters and palette knives, instinctively forcing out transformations and translations of her encounters with sounds and sights.
     
    She is interested in breaking or erasing the often somber color range on the surface of her works revealing broken up references of soil and land, referencing a sense of being rooted or belonging.
     

    Born in Miami Florida Sara is a Visual Artist whose practice spans drawing, painting and video art. She has participated in several collective exhibitions in Lebanon, Copenhagen, and Canada including her upcoming participation in the collective “Lumiere du Liban” at the Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris.
  • 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.

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