Chaouki Chamoun is one of the Middle East's most rewned artists. Born in Sariine Tahta, the Bekaa Valley of Leban in 1942, he studied architectural drawing at night school, then joined the Lebanese University where he won art scholarships to Syracuse University and later to New York University. Through more than thirty oneman shows and over fifty group exhibitions, his work has continuously evolved in search of a new aesthetic vocabulary. With over 300 plates to illustrate his story, Chamoun leads us through his own artistic journey, showing how the schools of the modern era have informed his technique and imagery, and how he has been motivated and inspired as much by the tiniest details of a pebble as by the political turmoil visited on his homeland. Going beyond a record of his life and art, this book delves into what drives an artist to create.
Born in Lebanon in 1942, Chamoun is a major part of the national and international art scene. He has participated in over fifty group art shows and biennales since 1969, as well as exhibiting his work in public and private art collections in various cities throughout the world. He is the president of the Lebanese Artists Association, as well as a consultant and founding member of the Lebanese Artists Syndicate. He has taught at a number of universities in both the US and Lebanon. Author location: Beirut, Lebanon