Hanibal’s artistic trajectory addresses notions of memory, exile and above all: healing. Srouji is known for his surface paintings. They stand apparently for abstractions; yet, they reveal physical scars of conflict, as they also address temporalities between: a past nostalgia, a precipitating present and a distant future and negotiate terms of engagement without pathos. The dispersion deployed onto the canvas is not only a material trace, but also the symbolic form of social phenomena that confirms the artist’s notes that “painting is a necessity” and his work is “always linked to the history of Lebanon and to the Middle East in general.”
Born in Lebanon in 1957. Srouji lives and works between Beirut and Paris. He holds a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Concordia University in Canada (1987). He had held different teaching positions at universities in the United States, Canada and was at the Sorbonne, in Paris, before joining the Lebanese American University in 2010; where he holds today the position of Associate Professor.
He has held numerous personal and collective exhibitions, namely “Into the clouds”, at the Singapore Art fair and “The Mac International first open arts prize” in Belfast, Ireland, in 2014. He was featured at the “Abu-Dhabi Art 2015” and “Art14 London.” His work has been acquired by prominent public and private collections, such as the Alcan Collection in Canada, the Carmignac Foundation in France. In 2013, Galerie Janine Rubeiz, representing him in Lebanon, published a book titled: “Hanibal Srouji: painting fire, water, earth and air.” He is also represented in by June Kelly Gallery in New York and Galerie Eulenspiegel in Basel.