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CHAOUKI CHAMOUN, Lebanon (1942)


Lebanese artist Chaouki Chamoun was born in the Bekaa Valley in 1942. After attending night classes in art and design for several years, he joined the Fine Art Institute at the Lebanese University...


Lebanese artist Chaouki Chamoun was born in the Bekaa Valley in 1942. After attending night classes in art and design for several years, he joined the Fine Art Institute at the Lebanese University in Beirut in 1968. During his second year at the Lebanese University, Chamoun became interested in modernism after visiting artists such as Said Akl, Aref Rayess, Yvette Achkar, and Chafic Abboud, who piqued his interest in abstraction. He graduated first in his class with a Diploma of Higher Studies in Painting in 1972, at which point he was awarded a six-year fellowship from his alma mater to pursue graduate studies in the United States. Relocating to New York, he received his Master of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1975, majoring in painting with a minor in sculpture and ceramics. From there, he chose to pursue a Ph.D. in the Art Education Department of New York University, where he concentrated on aesthetics and studio art. When he earned his doctorate in 1979, he was awarded a Meritorious Commendation for High Scholastic Achievement.

Given his academic background, Chaouki Chamoun hopes to be remembered as “the one who never stopped learning.” In keeping with this philosophy, Chamoun’s artistic practice has been marked by relentless experimentation, evolving continuously since the very beginning of his career. During his last year at the Fine Art Institute in Beirut, students were given the freedom to explore beyond the traditional academic styles of painting that had thus far structured their training. At this time, Chamoun was drawn to Cubism as a genre he felt allowed him to explore his creativity while maintaining an essential structure or set of rules.

Once in the United States, however, he discovered American abstract expressionism and subsequent movements that similarly prized spontaneity, experimentation, and aesthetic or artistic essentialism. His practice shifted towards less structured painting, with a greater focus on the process rather than the result. Though Cubism was no longer his primary point of reference, elements inspired by the movement continued to appear in his work. This tendency can be seen in a series of pastel drawings called Bandages for the War in Lebanon (1976-77). The theme of bandages was addressed to convey the constraint the artist lived while watching from afar, his country being devastated by war. The use of overlaying tapes onto his drawing was an esthetical means he added to his dialogue.

Also Known for his landscapes where angles made their way into his compositions to become more evocative of minimalist aesthetic trends than Cubism, the artist used thin lines or rectangles to highlight the structure of his painting. As landscape became a more frequent subject in his work, the artist began to populate his scenes with lines of people, always painted on a tiny scale relative to the composition. His figures stand with their backs to the viewer, gazing intently at something – a vast expanse of natural scenery, often, a cityscape, or a work of abstract art. Sometimes, they stare into nothing, becoming the subject of the painting itself instead of mere guests in a larger composition. These rows of people have become the artist’s signature; minuscule, their presence in his paintings creates an optical impression of scale that enlarges the rest of the work, endowing the works with an impressive, almost intimidating vertiginous quality. 

Throughout his career, Chamoun has taught at various universities in the United States and Lebanon. He currently teaches at the Lebanese American University in Beirut and continues to develop his lively art practice.

When Chamoun worked as a designer in the US, he designed the interiors of many major stores in New York, including one in the World Trade Center. After the destruction of the two towers, Chamoun painted a work he called “Toppled City,” which sold at a Dubai Christie’s auction in November 2007. At the time, it set the record price for a work by a living Lebanese artist.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Chaouki Chamoun Horizons, Mark Hachem Gallery , Beirut, Lebanon


Transformation by Chaouki Chamoun, Mark Hachem Gallery , Beirut, Lebanon


Beyond Walls, Mark Hachem Gallery , Beirut, Lebanon


Artworks on Paper Cut to Order, Mark Hachem Gallery - Beirut, Lebanon
Peace in Waiting, Galerie Mark Hachem, Paris, France


Peace in Waiting, Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, Lebanon


Beirut Exhibition Center, Solidere , Beirut, Lebanon
The Art and Life of Chaouki Chamoun, London, UK


Emile Lahhoud Cultural Center, Dbaiyah, Lebanon


Installation Cana, Beirut Hall, Beirut, Lebanon


Hariri Foundation, Saida, Lebanon


Marriott Hotel, New York, USA


Anti War Manifestation, UN, Plaza, New York, USA


International Living Center, Syracuse, New York, USA

Selected Group Exhibitions


Galerie Mark Hachem, Paris, France


Arab Collective Art Exhibition, Galerie Mark Hachem, Beirut, Lebanon


Art From Lebanon, Beirut Exhibition Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
The Written Image, Sandaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong


Rebirth, Beirut Exhibition Centre, Beirut, Lebanon
The Written Image, Sandaram Tagore Gallery, New York and Los Angeles, USA


Katzen Museum Washington, USA
Old Beirut City Center, Lebanon
Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE


UNESCO Palace Beirut, Lebanon, Presentation and tribute by LIONS CLUB of Lebanon and ME


Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon
Alexandria Biennale (Representing Lebanon), Egypt


50 Years of Lebanese Art Movement, Lebanese Artists Association, UNESCO
Algeria Pan Arab Art Exhibit( Representing Lebanon), Algeria            


Al-Khorafi Arabic Biennale (Prize winner), Kuwait
Tripoli first Sculpture Symposium, Tripoli, Lebanon
Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanese Artists Association, Verdun, Beirut Lebanon
Emile Lahoud Cultural Center, Dbayieh, Lebanon


Lebanese Artists Association, (small work), Beirut, Lebanon


Lebanese Artists Association, Verdun, Beirut, Lebanon


Karami international exhibit hall, Tripoli, Lebanon


National Council of Culture and Art, Kuwait
Lebanese Art in the collection of Sursock Museum and the Ministry of Culture, Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon


Unesco Palace, Collectors Exhibit, Beirut, Lebanon


Lebanese Plastic Art, Cairo, Egypt
Lebanese Painting, Dubai, UAE
Unesco Palace, Arab Art, Beirut, Lebanon


Aspects of Lebanese Art, Museum of Modern Art, Cairo, Egypt
Cultural Center, Tripoly, Lebanon
Alwan Art Gallery, Kaslik, Lebanon
Martyr’s Square Exhibition Hall, Beirut, Lebanon
Biennale, Kaslik University, Kaslik, Lebanon
Cultural Center, Tripoly, Lebanon
Art Deco / La Fiad, Beirut Hall, Beirut, Lebanon
Graphic Art, LAU, Beirut, Lebanon
Graphic Art, Amman, Jordan
International Art Exhibit, Vienna, Austria


Art Museum, Sharja, UAE
Parliament Hall, Beirut, Lebanon
World of Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon


Ministry of art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon         
World of Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
Aquarella Gallery, Collina Club, Rabieh, Lebanon
Martyr’s Square Exhibition Hall, Beirut, Lebanon
Contemporary Lebanese Art, National Museum, Kuwait


Platform International, Washington, D.C., USA


Sursock Museum, Beirut, Lebanon


New York University, New York, NY, USA


Fall Salon, Zouk, Lebanon


New York University, New York, NY, USA


Low Art Center, Syracuse, NY, USA
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA


Rochester Museum, USA


Spring Salon, Beirut, Lebanon



Chaouki Camoun, The Art Of Life of Chaouki Chamoun, Saqi Books, London


Ramzi and Saeda Dalloul Art Foundation, Beirut, Lebanon
The collection of the Ministry of Culture, Beirut, Lebanon



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