Hanibal Srouji

 

Biography

  Hanibal Srouji was born in Lebanon in 1957. He lives and works between Beirut and Paris. He holds a master's degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Canada (1987). He had held different teaching positions at universities in the United States, Canada and was at the Sorbonne, in Paris, before joining the Lebanese American University, in 2010, as Assistant Professor.

  His art addresses notions of memory, exile and above all: healing. Srouji is known for his surface paintings. They stand apparently abstract; yet, they reveal physical scars of conflict, as they also address temporalities between: a past nostalgia, a precipitating present and a distant future and negotiate terms of engagement without pathos. The dispersion deployed onto the canvas is not only a material trace, but also the symbolic form of social phenomena that confirms the artist’s notes that “painting is a necessity” and his work is “always linked to the history of Lebanon and to the Middle East in general." 

  He has held many personal and collective exhibitions, namely “Into the clouds”, at the Singapore Art fair and "The Mac International first open arts prize” in Belfast, Ireland, in 2014. He was featured at the “Abu-Dhabi Art 2016” and “Art14 London”.

  He was recently awarded the “Jouhayna Baddoura Prize”, 2016.

  His work has been acquired by public and private collections, as the Alcan Collection in Canada, the Carmignac Foundation in France, the Audi collection and Saradar collection in Lebanon. In 2013, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, representing him in Lebanon, published a book titled: “Hanibal Srouji: painting fire, water, earth and air.”

  He is also represented in by Galerie Janine Rubeiz in Lebanon, June Kelly Gallery in New York, Galerie Eulenspiegel in Basel, and Intersections Gallery in Singapore.