About Marwan Sahmarani
Born in Lebanon in 1970, Sahramani currently lives and works in Beirut. He left Lebanon in 1989 and moved to Paris to study at l’École Supérieur d’Art Graphique.
Marwan Sahmarani is primarily a painter whose works relate to art history, with its timeless and recurrent themes, but also to contemporary life and to his own experiences. His works draw from his Western cultural education blending art and iconography with that of ancient Greece, Rome, the great masters of the Western Renaissance and the late Gothic artists. Dealt with in his work are diverse themes, which include politics, sociology, war and sexuality, with allusions to his cultural background. He typically explores death, evil, greed, and hedonism – the dark and destructive sides of human nature are of deep interest to him. Sahmarani uses oil, ink and watercolor as his primary mediums of expression and has created a unique language that is at once raw and bare as it is sumptuous.
Marwan Sahmarani was a recipient of the Abraaj Capital Art Prize in 2010.
He has held solo exhibitions in Beirut, London, Montreal, Zurich and Dubai and group exhibitions in Beirut, Doha, London, Turin, Washington and Mexico. His selected group shows include The Changing Room: Arab Reflection on Praxis and Times, Turin 2011, Told/ Untold /Retold at Mathaf, Doha (2010), All about Beirut at Kunsthalle whiteBOX, Munich (2010) and The Feast of the Damned at the Museum of Art and Design, New York (2010).