Yvette Achkar

Born in 1928 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Yvette Achkar grew up in Lebanon where she graduated from ALBA (Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts) in 1957. She was under the influence of the Italian painter Fernando Manetti and the French painter Georges Cyr, but it was during her stay in Paris, on a scholarship of the French government that her artistic career took hold. 

She returned to Lebanon in 1966 to teach painting at ALBA and the Institute of Fine Arts at the Lebanese University till 1988.

Achkar participated in different biennales (Baghdad, Alexandria, Paris, and Sao Paolo) since her graduation from ALBA; she has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Rome, Yugoslavia, Germany, and France.

In Lebanon, Achkar has been exhibited at the UNESCO Palace in Beirut, La Licorne Gallery, Alecco Saab Gallery, ALBA, Sursock Museum, Galerie Platform and more recently at Galerie Janine Rubeiz where her work has been showcased in solo exhibitions in 1989, 1996 and 2004 Achkar's work has been presented by the gallery in different art fairs Europ’Art – Genève and Art Paris- Carrousel du Louvre, St’art in Strasbourg, Art Paris Abu Dhabi, Art Dubai and Beirut Art Fair.

Her work is permanently exhibited at Galerie Janine Rubeiz.

About her work:

Far from recognition, and bearer of a strong gravitational pull in all directions, Yvette Achkar's painting is a lesson in counterintuition, without a defined framework of reference. The intentionality is never lost in the colour field as it expands into motion and vibrancy; a fragment that remains always partial, symbol of a world that has been already destroyed (we are looking at the ruins) or that yet is not formed (we are witnessing its birth), both of which exist in intangible realities, beyond the canvas.

That the artist would choose to sign her paintings upside down is a manifold gesture, through which subject matter is being discarded and the viewer, against his will, is thrown into absolute consciousness.

This consciousness, however, is never solipsistic but rather a collection of incommensurable fragments. Restoring the potentiality of painting to its vital impetus, away from the coincidence between representation and object, painting becomes its own subject matter.

Radiation is a key element in this body of work, that while limited in volume, comprises a history of its own, a story of what can never be told; it is an optic.

Its value resides not informal analysis, but in raw unmediated experience.


Related Exhibitions

Encounters 2023 - Open Call

September 29, 2022 to December 29, 2022

Yvette Achkar

November 06, 1996 to November 30, 1996

Yvette Achkar

March 17, 2004 to April 08, 2004

Yvette Achkar & François Sargologo

November 04, 2009 to November 26, 2009

Beirut Art Fair 2018

September 20, 2018 to September 23, 2018

Pour Janine - Collective exhibition

June 17, 1993 to July 16, 1993

Europ' Art 97- Genève

April 30, 1997 to May 04, 1997

Artuel - Salon International d'art contemporain

July 19, 2000 to July 23, 2000

Artuel - Salon International d'art contemporain

July 25, 2001 to July 28, 2001

Collective Exhibition

December 03, 2008 to December 31, 2008

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

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2012

November 19, 2009 to November 22, 2009

Art Dubai Art Fair 2009

March 18, 2009 to March 21, 2009

Art Dubai Art Fair 2010

March 17, 2010 to March 20, 2010

Abu Dhabi Art Fair 2017

November 08, 2017 to November 11, 2017

L’Art aux enfants – Journée coup de cœur

December 09, 2001 to December 09, 2001

L'Art aux enfants - troisième edition

December 07, 2003 to December 14, 2003

Coup d’œil – Passe et présent I :

June 01, 2005 to July 15, 2005

Des signes et des contours - Collective Exhibition

July 15, 1999 to August 13, 1999

Oeuvres Récentes - Collective Exhibition

January 14, 1998 to January 31, 1998

Accrochage Noel - Collective exhibition

December 01, 1993 to December 24, 1993

30 Years of Color - Collective Exhibition

November 25, 2023 to December 30, 2023