Mohammed Joha

Mohammed Joha was born in 1978 in Gaza. His paintings, though playful in style and bold in colour, offer a critique of Arab and Western media bias and their (mis)representation of Arab culture.

Khaled Ben Slimane

Born in Nabeul, Tunisia in 1951, Khaled Ben Slimane graduated from the Escola Massana of Barcelona in 1977 and then from the Technological Institute of Art in Tunisia in 1982. His multidisciplinary practice includes paintings on paper, canvas and wood. He is mostly known for his ceramic and bronze sculptures.

Aula Al Ayoubi

Aula Al Ayoubi was born in Damascus in 1973 and studied mathematics and educational sciences at the University of Damascus. Her mixed media collages capture some of the region’s most iconic, glamorous women, from Faten Hamama to Fairuz to Umm Kulthoum. Accented with rich, colorful detail and dynamic compositions, her portraits convey her emotional responses to these celebrated figures.  Her bold color palette and mixed-media collage technique, imbue her canvases with a rich textural quality. Speaking of her creative process, Al Ayoubi states: ‘Collage lends a feminine touch when combined with intricate orientations’. She has exhibited widely in Syria and Kuwait and her work featured in private collections.

Nadim Karam

Nadim Karam is a multidisciplinary artist, whose work incorporates painting, drawing, and sculpture through a distinct artistic style that draws from Oriental and Japanese theories of space.  His work is preoccupied with the human condition and he believes in art’s transcendental qualities and the role of the artist as someone who can provide an alternative blueprint for the ways cities function – a preoccupation that stems from his practice as an architect.  Studying architecture at the American University of Beirut, Karam went on to study at the University of Tokyo in 1982 for a doctorate.  He went on to become the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Art, and Design at Notre Dame University in Lebanon (2000-3) and taught architectural design at the American University of Beirut (1993-1995; 2003-4).  Karam has participated in several international exhibitions, including Liverpool (2006), Venice (1996), Gwangju (1995), and Shaghai JSIP (2014) biennales and with galleries in Lebanon, Dubai, France, Brussels, and London. His latest book Stretching Thoughts was published by Booth Clibborn Editions, London in 2013.

Fadi Al Hamwi

Fadi Al Hamwi is a multimedia artist, specializing in painting, video, and installation works.  His body of work reflects a preoccupation with exploring the human experience of war, using sarcasm as a tool to criticize social traditions, beliefs, and superstitions.

Ghassan Zard

Born in Lebanon in 1954, Ghassan Zard lives and works in Beirut. Influenced by lyrical abstraction, Zard began his artistic career as a painter but later focused predominantly on sculptural works rendered in polished wood, aluminium and raw steel.

Nabil Anani

Nabil Anani is one of Palestine’s most influential artists working today. Born in Latroun in 1943, Anani studied Fine Art at Alexandria University, Egypt and returned to his native Palestine, where he began a successful career as an artist and educator.

Nazir Ismail

Born in Damascus, Syria in 1948, Nazir Ismail took part in over 60 exhibitions throughout his artistic career. His colourful oil paintings capture human figures and roosters in warm, earthy colours, while his watercolours on paper convey the realities of modern Syria.

Yasser Abd Elhay Mourad Rostom 

Yasser Abd Elhay Mourad Rostom, more commonly known artistically as Rostom, is a Cairo-based sculptor, painter, furniture designer, and art director. Following his education at the Cairo Faculty of Art, he worked as an art director’s assistant in Egyptian television and in TV commercials.

Thaier Helal

Born in Syria in 1967, Thaier Helal has been a student of notable painters such as Mahmoud Hammad during his studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Damascus.

Fereydoun Ave

Born in Tehran, Iran in 1945, Fereydoun Ave is a central figure in the Iranian art scene as he is one of the most important and influential
contemporary artists of Iran.

Ahmad Kleige

Ahmad Kleige was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1964. He studied at the Fathi Mohamed Fine Arts Center in Aleppo.  His powerful paintings convey the tragedies of the contemporary Middle East–from the massacres of Halabja, to the destruction of the Syrian Civil War—emphasizing the human cost of these political catastrophes.  His affective paintings which reveal disembodied heads against muted backgrounds, allow the viewer to focus on their melancholic facial expressions and allude to the political violence his subjects endure.  In his architectural paintings, urban landscapes characterized by destroyed, densely built environments reminiscent of refugee camps, shanty towns and periperal habitations, appear abstracted. Kelige graduated from Fathi Mohamed Fine Arts Center, Aleppo, in 1988 and is a member of the Syrian Fine Arts Union in Damascus. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Lebanon at Unesco Palace, the American University of Beirut, and the Sursock Museum and has held several solo exhibitions in Beirut and Damascus. His work has been acquired by different private collections and is permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz.  The artist lives and works in Lebanon.