Meet The Acclaimed Lebanese Artist Behind Beirut’s Greatest Murals

Labneh&Facts | CNN

From the murals and graffiti in the streets of Beirut to international galleries and fame, Yazan Halwani is one of a kind artist whose creativity has no borders, literally.

Born in Beirut after the civil war, Halwani grew up in the Lebanese capital surrounded by public murals loaded with annoying political propaganda, which defied his strong innate sense of aesthetics.

This sense went growing in him into an obsession with art at what he also perceived to be a lack of “art infrastructures” in public streets.

Halwani took to those public spaces, creating beautiful and meaningful murals incorporating Arabic calligraphy, and focusing on human identity through art.

He especially highlighted Lebanese icons such as Sabah and Feyrouz but also everyday real people in live scenes that inspired him.

This impressive Lebanese artist first graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and then pursued a graduate degree at Harvard, where he got to study topics related to identity, philosophy, history, engineering, design, business, and public art.

Yazan’s art was featured in numerous international magazines and publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Economist’s 1843, among others.

His work was also exhibited in regional and international countries, including Lebanon, the USA, France, Germany, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Singapore.

His artwork collections toured the world, featuring at The Arab World Institute (Paris, France), Barjeel art collection (Sharjah, UAE), and KA collection (Beirut, Lebanon).

Check out some more of his impressive creativity:

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Meet The Acclaimed Lebanese Artist Behind Beirut's Greatest Murals

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