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Joseph Matar

Painter and Poet

Biography:

Born August 3rd, 1935, at Ghadir, Lebanon.
Nationality: French and Lebanese.
Schooled at the Marist Brethren, Jounieh.
Polyglot.

Art Scholarships from governments:

Madrid, 1961-1962-1963

Paris, 1963

Rome, 1973

Paris, 1985

Practice in studios of acknowledged masters:

Omar Onsi's, 1951-1961

George Corm's, 1958-1961

Rachid Wehbe's, 1955-1957

Italian Cultural Centre, Beirut, 1955-1957

Ecole Supérieure des Lettres, Beirut, 1955-1957

Beirut Faculty of Medicine (Anatomy), 1958-1959

Diplomas:

Diplomas of Higher Studies, Madrid University and San Fernando School of Fine Arts, 1961-1963.

Doctorate 3rd cycle, University of Paris. “ Plastic arts, pictorial technology and expression.”

Doctorat d' Etat 1999, Lebanese University.

Assignments:

Lebanese State instructor since 1954.

In charge of refresher courses for Lebanese art instructors in Beirut, Tripoli and Byblos state high schools, since 1965.

Instructor of Fine Arts at Holy Spirit University, Kaslik, since 1963.

Titular professor of the Lebanese University.

Chairman of the Drawing and Painting Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Lebanese University, 1980-1985 and 1994-1996; member of the Faculty Council.

Exhibitions:

More than sixty-five personal exhibitions in Lebanon and around the world.
1961 - Private show, JOUNIEH.
1964 - Carlton Hotel, BEIRUT.
1965 - Sacred Art Show, St. Joseph’s University, BEIRUT.
1966 - Sacred Art Show, Seminary of GHAZIR.
1967 - Town Hall, JOUNIEH.
1968 - Carlton Hotel, BEIRUT.
1970 - St. Joseph’s University, BEIRUT.
1971 - Town of AJALTOUN.
1972 - St. Joseph’s University, BEIRUT.
1973 - Carlton Hotel, BEIRUT.
1974 - Hispanic Cultural Center, BEIRUT.
1976 - August: at the Zahle Club, SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL.
1976 - July: at the Monte Libano, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL.
1976 - September: at the Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL.
1977 - Cultural Center, JOUNIEH.
1978 - Fish Grotto, JOUNIEH.
1979 - Casino du Liban.
1979 - Water-color Show at the A.T.C.L., JOUNIEH.
1980 - May: Higher Council for Culture and Science, KUWAIT.
1980 - May, June: Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
1980 - December: Saint Rafqa, JEL EL DIB.
1981 - April: Hispanic Cultural Center, BEIRUT.
1982 - May: Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
1983 - February: Hispanic Cultural Center, BEIRUT.
1984 - Le Prisme Gallery, JEL EL DIB.
1986 - Hispanic Cultural Center, BEIRUT.
1987 - Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.1988.
1988 - Cultural Center, MIZIARA.
1989 - December: President’s Palace, BAABDA.
1990 - Brief activities in various Lebanese towns.
1991 - April: Drawings and studies, Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
1991 - September: Water-colors, KANO, NIGERIA.
1992 - February: Water-colors, IVORY COAST.
1993 - November: Foyer Franco-libanais, PARIS.
1995 - June: Le Prisme Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
1996 - February, Galerie Jade, rue des Trois Maries, LYON, FRANCE.
1996 - June: Matignon Gallery, SIN EL FIL.
1996 - April, May: Town Hall (Mairie), 8ème arrondissement, LYON, FRANCE.
1996 - October: Centre d’échange culturel ELAC, LYON. FRANCE.
1996 - October, November: Cité des artistes, MORESTEL, FRANCE.
1997 - March: Echos Gallery, JOUNIEH, LEBANON.
1997 - November: Galerie Jade, rue des Trois Maries, LYON, FRANCE.
1998 - May: Société Générale Libano-Européenne de Banque, SIN EL FIL.
1999 - January: Table d’hôte des caves de France.
1999 - May: Artisanat, JOUNIEH.
2000 - June: Artisanat libanais, JOUNIEH.
2001 - March: Villa Sursock, BEIRUT.
2001 - December: Town Hall, JOUNIEH.
2002 - October: ABU DHABI., U.A.E..
2002 - November: A.D.G. Gallery, BEIRUT.
2003 - December: Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel, BEIRUT.
2004 - August: Musical evening, BEIT SHEBAB.
2004 - December: Surface libre Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
2005 - September: Al Ryad, SAUDI ARABIA, 27th September – 9th October , 2005.
2006 - June - Middle East University, Beirut Lebanon.
2006 - October - Surface libre Gallery, JAL EL DIB.
2007 - December - (Sepia) Lebanese Hospital Jhitawi, Beyrouth.
2008 - August, Art and craft center, Byblos Lebanon.
2009 - August, Art center in Mtein, Lebanon.
2010 - July, Safadi Fondation, Tripoli.
2010 - September, Cultural Center in Bikfaya
2010 - December, United Nations Palace in Geneva, Switzerland
2011 - Surface libre Gallery, JAL EL DIB
2012 - Ghazir Municipality
2013 - October, Unesco Beirut
2015 - Surface libre Gallery, JAL EL DIB - Surface libre Gallery, JAL EL DIB
2015 - University of Balamand
2016 - Equipe Exode

Works in private collections, public, religious and private corporations around the world: France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, Vatican, United States,Canada, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, Abu Dabi, Irak, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Emirates, Kuwait, Cyprus, Egypt...

Interviews:

Courses of artistic formation on Lebanese Television, for all students at universities and teachers’ training colleges.

Radio - BBC, Voice of America, Montecarlo, France and Kuwait Radio, Radio Liban... etc...

TV - Kuwaiti and Lebanese.

Art Print reproduction on canvas

Featured Works

Oil on Canvas 73 x 54 cm - Thousand-year-old Olive tree
Oil on Canvas 73 x 101 cm - Ballerina
Oil on Canvas 61 x 46 cm - Neighborhood
Oil on Canvcas 130 x 89 cm - Stained Glass
Oil on Canvas 94 x 43 cm - Prayer
Oil on Canvas 55 x 73 cm - Pomegranate Still-life
Watercolor 48 x 33 cm - A Call to Prayer
Watercolor 36 x 50 cm - A Triple Arched
Study watercolor 22 x 16 cm - Emilie
Study 35 x 25 cm - Human Form
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