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Rana Hicham Bissat

Date & Place of Birth: 3 July 1978 – Saida
Nationality: Lebanese
Field of Work/Study: Graphic Design & Fine Arts

ACADEMIC CURSUS

July 2004 - Bachelor of Arts - "Lebanese American University", Beirut, Lebanon (in coordination with Excelsior College – New York)

Secondary Schools

1995-1999
1989-1990
1981-1994

Ecole Sainte-Anne des Soeurs de Besançon, Beirut, Lebanon
Collège Jean-Rostand, Lyon, France
Collège Protestant Français, Beirut, Lebanon

PROFESSIONNAL EXPERIENCE

July 2013 till present - Masters Student at AUNOHR University, Dhour Choueir,Lebanon.
September 2012 till present - Painter & Assistant for Social Activities - AUNOHR University - Gemmayze - Beirut - Lebanon
October 2007 - July 2012 - Teacher , “ESMOD” ( ECOLE DE STYLISME ET DE MODELISME) - Beirut

2005 - Graphic Designer - “International Express” Publishers-Beirut-Lebanon
2006 - Graphic Designer - “HIYA” channel - Mar Takla-Hazmieh-Lebanon

Personal project:

Projects
• “Going up the Stairs”-Booklet for Artistic Installation on “Escalier St.Nicolas”-Haddad Printing-Jbeil-2009
• Wooden sculpture exposed at AUNOHR Office (inspired by AUNOHR Logo) –Gemmayze-Lebanon-2013
• "Catching The Moment”-(in Arabic)- Aleph-Ya Editions- Beirut-2012

• Interview about personal artworks& achievements in magazine MESHWAR, November 2013
Designed book cover for 3 books – novels & poems– 2012& 2013
• Designed book cover-Annual book-Ecole Sainte-Anne de Besancon-2011
• Design and achievement of Honor sword for Prof. Christian Robin, elected in l’
“Académie Française des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres”-Paris, 2006

Personal Exhibition:

• TELE LIBAN, Tallet el Khayyat, Beirut , Lebanon, 2011
Collective Exhibitions:
• Art Of Living Exhibition - Forum, Karantina, Beirut,2012
• Edmond Boutros Gallery , Karantina, Beirut, Lebanon, 2012
• Lions BCD Hermes - “Art et Passion “– UNESCO ,Beirut,Lebanon,2012
• Jounieh Festival – Municipality of Jounieh Square , Lebanon , 2011
• “Escalier St.Nicolas _ ADG”, Gemmayze, Lebanon, 2011
• “Lebanese Women Council”, UNESCO Palace, Beirut, Lebanon,2011
• « Visual Art Forum », UNESCO Palace, Beirut, Lebanon, 2010
• “Association des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs Libanais", Verdun, Beirut, Lebanon, 2010
• “Youth of the South Association ”,”Nissan Bel Alwann” Lebanon, 2010
• “Escalier St.Nicolas _ ADG”, Gemmayze, Lebanon, 2009
• “Byblos International Festival- Arts and crafts” - Jbeil, Lebannon, 2008
• “New Jdeideh’s Garden Festival”- New Jdeideh, Lebanon, 2008
• “Escalier St.Nicolas – ADG”, Gemmayze, Lebanon, 2008
• “Rawdah High School Autumn Art Exhibit”, Verdun, Beirut, Lebanon, 2006
• “JABAL 2006”, Fransabank , Hamra, Auditorium, Beirut, Lebanon,2006
• "Escalier St.Nicolas - ADG ", Gemmayze, Lebanon, 2006
• Musée Paul Guiragossian, Lebanon, 2005
• "Association des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs Libanais", Verdun, Beirut, Lebanon, 2005
• "Palais des Congrès", Dbayeh, Lebanon,2005
• "JABAL 2004", Musée Paul Guiragossian, New Jdeideh, Lebanon, 2004
• "L.A.U.", Annual Art Exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004
• "L.A.U.", Annual Art Exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003

LANGUAGES & COMPUTER-RELATED ASSETS
Languages: English, Arabic, French : Very good speaking, reading, and writing
Computer-Related:
Software: MS Office, Adobe Photoshop,
Operating Systems: Windows (98, XP and 7)

EXTRA–ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES
Civil Society Associations and ONG’s:

Trips:

Charter Member at Lions BCD Hermes
Member at Chaml
Member at Aie Serve
Member of LAU-Beirut Alumni Association
Member of “Association des Artistes Peintres et Sculpteurs Libanais”
Web member in : www.onefineart.com – Section: Modern & Graphic Artists
Member of "Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators"
Member of ONG "Comprehensive Secularism Movement"
Member of ONG “OffreJoie”

USA, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Turquey,Bahrain, Egypt,Cuprus, Czeck Republic,Iceland

Activities & Hobbies: Seminars, hostessing ,organizing ,and participating :
- Illustration workshops in Dept of Graphic Design, LAU-Beirut, Lebanon, 2006
- “Story Telling “ Workshop, Monot Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon, 2009
Reading, dancing, swimming, movies, traveling.

My history and relation with art in general by Rana Bissat:

I grew up in a home where arts where given the same respect and importance as the basic needs of life, like eating and sleeping. This way of seeing life made me believe that one can and should dare to live up to his/her own ideals , no matter how idealistic they may seem for other people. I started drawing from early childhood .The continuous and true support of my parents {and my mother is the holder of Doctorate in the History of Art and Architecture, not less!} and relatives, since then, gave me the courage to think of living from it. Once in university, after a Minor in Graphic Design, I completed a Major in Fine Arts.

I always thought that I would end up simply painting what I would see, because I believe that art and real life are always mixed together, and that sometimes this line is unclear, especially when one calmly takes the time to study nature itself. The way the colors are distributed in it, and especially, the way the Sun makes everything glow … It is like a silent celebration … Admiring this detail and precision found in nature, I wished to try to reach it one day … And I was the first one to be surprised that, as the semester went on, I tended more and more towards the exact opposite, abstraction!

While painting , all I wanted was to express what I felt, through “wild” colors ordered by straight , abstract shapes … Strange how we sometimes surprise our own self! I was getting nearer and nearer to the style of the late Piet Mondrian! And I expect any change in the future!

My aim is to find my own style, even if our teachers patiently and kindly told us that this takes time. I know that this road is full of unexpected ups and downs, but I believe that the wise and cautious advices which they gave us are keys to rely on, concerning all the matters of life.

Article paru dans la “REVUE DU LIBAN” , daté du 10 au 17 Février 2007 , p. 60, et rédigé par Nayla El-E.

In Arabic: Technically I am more into abstract art and the nature of Byblos inspired me

“Rana Bissat réalise l’épée du 40ème “Immortel”:

Rana Bissat est diplômée de la LAU {Section Beaux-Arts}. Spécialisée dans la peinture, le graphisme et la sculpture, elle participe aux expositions collectives. En Décembre 2005, elle rencontre, par le biais de ses parents, le Professeur Christian Robin, Spécialiste en Histoire Ancienne Yéménite et en Langues Sémitiques et Arabes. A l’occasion de la Consécration de ce dernier, à l’Académie Française en tant que 40ème “Immortel”, Rana Bissat lui propose de confectionner l’Épée d’Honneur. C’est une épopée exceptionelle, qu’elle ne s’attendait pas à vivre …
La période de Décembre 2005 a Juillet 2006 fut entièrement consacrée a la conception graphique de l’épée. Le Professeur Robin et Rana Bissat, correspondaient, alors, par mail sur chaque détail que devait comporter l’objet d’art. C’est en Juillet 2006, que put enfin commencer la phase active du projet. “J’ai fait beaucoup de recherches sur la culture Yéménite, où on retrouve souvent le bouquetin. Puis, le Professeur tenait absolument à ce qu’il y ait des écritures en Himyarite, l’ancienne langue Yéménite”, explique Rana.

Ni elle, ni personne d’autre d’ailleurs, ne s’attendait cependant aux évènements tragiques de Juillet dernier. Son cousin, Rafiq Kallab, Ebèniste, allait se charger de la confection de l’épée. Les gravures de cette dernière devant être faites au laser, ont finalement été gravées a la main et, pour cause, l’usine située a Batroun, exposée aux bombes ayant fermé ses portes. “Il y avait un parallèle entre les détonations des bombes et les coups portés par Rafiq pour forger l’épée”, raconte Rana. En Décembre 2006 , l’épée de bronze et d’ébène , fut enfin terminée . Mais Rana ne fut pas au bout de ses peines. Il fallait maintenant la faire parvenir au Professeur . Aucune société n’acceptait alors de transporter cette “arme” vers Paris. Le Professeur Robin eut finalement recours à l’Ambassade de France afin de permettre a la jeune fille d’accéder a sa demande, par Valise Diplomatique. Mais le récit ne s’arrête pas la . N’ayant pas de nouvelles du Professeur , Rana s’inquiétait au sujet de l’épée . Puis, deux semaines plus tard, elle apprend par mail que le Secrétaire Perpétuel de l’Académie Française, avait bien reçu l’épée, mais que ce dernier était à l’hôpital, dans un coma profond, des suites d’une crise cardiaque. ”

“TOUT EST BIEN QUI FINIT BIEN"

Paris, au Salon de la Sorbonne : 300 personnes assistent à la Cérémonie de Consécration du Professeur Robin en tant que 40ème Académicien. Cette fameuse épée fait l’objet d’un long discours, celui “d’une épée qui a tenu bon, tel le Liban qui surmonte ses instabilités “ {d’après le discours du Professeur Robin lors de la Cérémonie}. Un sentiment de fierté parcourut, alors, Rana Bissat, porte-parole de l’art Libanais, heureuse d’avoir mené à terme ce projet exceptionnel.”

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Address:

Bechir Kassar Street
Verdun Tower, 6th Floor, Beirut – Lebanon
Mobile: +961 - 71 – 872828
Tel: +961 - 1 – 860477
Rbissat@gmail.com
Ranabissat1@gmail.com

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