Meet the acclaimed Lebanese artist behind Beirut’s biggest murals

From murals and graffiti on the streets of Beirut to international galleries and fame, Yazan Halwani is a one-of-a-kind artist whose creativity literally knows no boundaries.

Born in post-civil war Beirut, Halwani grew up in the Lebanese capital surrounded by public murals laden with boring political propaganda, which challenged his innate sense of aesthetics.

This sense went on to grow in him into an obsession with art at what he also perceived as a lack of “artistic infrastructure” on public streets.

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

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

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

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

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

His collections of works of art have toured the world, including the Institut du monde arabe (Paris, France), the Barjeel art collection (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) and the KA collection (Beirut, Lebanon).

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