Shafic Abboud

(1926 - 2004) Born in Lebanon in 1926, Shafic Abboud graduated from the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts in 1947. Having moved to Paris, he frequented Andre Lhote’s workshop and was a pupil of the cubis master Fernand Leger. In 1952 he enrolled at the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts where he studied drawing and engraving. In 1959, Abboud participated in the first Biennale to be held in Paris. He was awarded the Prix Victor Choquet in 1961, and consequently was granted solo exhibitions in France, Lebanon, Italy, Germany, Holland, and Denmark. His works are found in the permanent collection of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and are hanging on the walls of French government buildings. A catalogue raisonne of Abboud’s work has recently been published by a gallery in Paris. A major retrospective of the artist shed light on Abboud’s paintings at the Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris in 2011, comprising of more than 190 works of various sizes, dating from all his periods (1948-2003). Abboud lives in Paris until he passed away in 2004.