Ara Azad

About his work:

With a work rather difficult to classify, Ara Azad is a multicultural traveler and practitioner, with a body of interconnected practices that reflect not only his background but also the itinerant nature of his project In 1995, he embarked on the still ongoing project, Postal Paintings, triggered by his curiosity about the limits of trust and human experience. The artist painted canvas that were mailed unwrapped and exposed to atmospheric conditions, so that they would bear traces of their journey, creating a space of possibility for human trust and communication. Expanding the theoretical limits of painting, sculpture, drawing and installation, he collapsed them into each other with topographical precision but yet at a blurred margin, at an interstice where transformation is ceaseless. His mailed paintings were included in the Liverpool Biennial and as a performer, he remains very concerned with the articulation of an artistic practice where social issues and aesthetics convene on the public domain, where as an art educator, Azad has attempted to convey the same message of synthesis and crossing borders that echoes throughout his work.



Ara Azad was born in Beirut in 1962 and is based in Boston since 1982. He holds degrees from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. Azad is involved in art education in Germany, Bahrain and Lebanon, and a lecturer in fine art, he is the former (1996-98) representative of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. His work spans across painting, sculpture, site-specific installations and performance.With Galerie Janine Rubeiz, he held the solo exhibition “Aspérité(s)” (2010), and his work has been showcased in Art Dubai(2010). His work is permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, Beirut.


Related Exhibitions

"Oeuvres Récentes" - Collective Exhibition 2017

July 26, 2017 to August 22, 2017

October 17, 2019 - First Edition

December 04, 2019 to January 08, 2020

Beirut 2020 - Collective Exhibition

October 14, 2020 to November 27, 2020

Visions of Today - Collective Exhibition

July 08, 2021 to September 24, 2021

Ara Azad - Aspérités

June 16, 2010 to July 16, 2010

Art 14 London

February 28, 2014 to March 02, 2014

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2013

November 20, 2013 to November 23, 2013

Beirut Art Fair 2013

September 19, 2013 to September 22, 2013

Art Dubai Art Fair 2010

March 17, 2010 to March 20, 2010

30 Years of Color - Collective Exhibition

November 25, 2023 to December 30, 2023