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Haibat BALAA BAWAB

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Haibat Balaa (1952) received her BA in Fine Arts from Beirut University College now (the Lebanese American University) in 1975. She has taught in the Lebanese American University for 17 years. Since 2001-2022 Balaa is the Fine Arts Coordinator and Art professor at the American University of Science and Technology (AUST). Now acting as a Fine Arts professor. She has participated in collective exhibitions in AUB, LAU, ALBA, Haigazian, Galerie Rochane, Station Des Arts, Sursock Museum, Grand Palais de Paris, Cairo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrein, Kuwait, among others. She was invited to participate in the 8th Biennale in Beijing (2019). Haibat Balaa held solo exhibitions at Amateur Gallery (1991), Epreuve d’Artist (1996), Espace SD (2006), Galerie Alwan (2010), AUST (2012), Art On 56th (2014) and Agial Gallery (2018). In 1982, she was awarded the first prize but not unique by the Central Bank of Lebanon for designing a new Lebanese currency. Also got the first prize in Makhoul show in 1979 and 1980. A monograph of her work was published in 2012 titled “ Haibat Balaa Bawab: The Art of Collage”. Balaa composed two AUST publications titled “Beyond the Medium I” and “Beyond the Medium II”. Haibat Balaa is a member of the Lebanese Association of Painters and Sculptors and a member in the Artists Syndicate. Famous critics have generously given her praising for her collages and oil paintings.


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  • International Exposure

  • Prizewinner

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  • Born Date: 1952

  • Lebanon

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Haibat Balaa Bawab is a Lebanese Artist mainly known for her collages and for her Oil paintings. Haibat Balaa weaves narratives of Beirut and its people in her Oil paintings that are clones of collage. Born in the city and having lived in it all of her life, the day-to-day scenes have had an effect on her and were translated in the artworks through her own style of art. She concentrated on contrast in her collection fir example: Light/Dark, In/Out, Day/ Night… in a geometric colorful well constructed compositions. She works on building up strong compositions, expressive and unique in style. She composes figurative images using abstraction. Scenes from the village, the harvest and the old times come into her mind. Carpets, rugs and oriental tapestry are found as a reminder of times of serenity and relaxation and are thus a recurring theme in her artworks. Her mastery of technique allows her to see and analyze forms and proportions and to create very balanced compositions. She is sensitive for finding the moment but at the same time pays attention to preserve a style that is unique to her.

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Haibat Balaa Bawab is a Lebanese Artist mainly known for her collage artworks. Haibat Balaa weaves narratives of Beirut and its people in her collages and in her oil paintings that are clones of collage. Born in the city and having lived in it all of her life, the day-to-day scenes have had an effect on her and were translated in the artworks through her own style of art. She assembles fragments gathered from popular sources, such as magazines, stamps and bills to chart the fabrics of the city. She composes figurative images using abstract media. Scenes from the village, the harvest and the old times come into her mind. Carpets, rugs and oriental tapestry are found as a reminder of times of serenity and relaxation and are thus a recurring theme in her artworks. From the haute bourgeoisie’s houses to the floral and polychromatic patterns of peasants, refugees and beggars, Balaa employs different cut-outs as a signifier status. Her mastery of technique allows her to see and analyze forms and proportions and to create very balanced compositions. She is sensitive for finding the moment but at the same time pays attention to preserve a style that is unique to her.


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