Ayman Baalbaki

Ayman Baalbaki (born in 1975 in Odeisse, Lebanon) is a Lebanese painter. He studied at the Lebanese University and at the Ecole nationale superieure des arts decoratifs in Paris. His large-scale expressionist portraits of fighters made him one of the most popular young Arab artists.

Born the year the civil war started in Lebanon, Ayman Baalbaki draws most of his inspiration from these events. His paintings often depict destroyed buildings, sometimes occupied by refugees who were forced to leave their homes during the combats.

After the 2006 Lebanon War he drew series of scattered structures related to the demolitions consecutive to the bombings of Beirut's southern suburbs.

Ayman Baalbaki's most popular series depict warriors bearing veils or casks. These portraits of anonymous figures became a symbol of the endless conflicts in the Middle East. These paintings have been widely exhibited worldwide, including the 2011 Venice Biennale. In 2012, Baalbaki participated in Hoods for Heritage, a project consisting of 16 Porsche 911 hoods transformed into art works by artists and designer and auctioned on benefit of the Beirut National Museum.


1980s California Institute of the Arts

Solo Exhibitions

Transfiguration Apocalyptique, Agial Art Gallery, Beirut 2008 Ceci n'est pas la Suisse, Rose Issa Projects, London, 2009 Beirut Again and Again, Rose Issa Projects, London, 2011

Group Exhibitions

Contemporary Art Encounter: Imagining the Book, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, 2002.

CM3, Cite Internationale Universitaire, Paris, 2003

Thirty: Ayman Baalbaki and Sheelagh Colcough, Studio 4-11, Belfast, 2005

Bos Iaf, Sabanci University, Kasa Art Gallery, Istanbul 2008

Rafia Gallery, Damascus, 2009

Arabicity, Bluecoat Arts Center, Liverpool and Beirut Exhibition Center, 2010

Nujoom: Constellations of Arab art, The Farjam Collection at Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, 2010

The Future of a Promise, 54th Venice Biennale, 2012

Traits d’Union – Paris et l’art contemporain arabe, Villa Emerige, Paris, 2011

Art is the answer! Contemporary Lebanese artists and designers, Villa Empain, Brussels, 2012