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Born in 1970 in Beirut, Lebanon Marwan Sahmarani studied at l’École Supérieure d’Art Graphique in Paris, France. His oil paintings are notable for their explosive use of colour and frenetic brushwork that imbues the dense scenes he paints with energetic movement. First attracted to surrealist distorted figures, he later moved closer to abstraction, blending Arabo-Islamic culture with iconography with that of Western civilization and art historical references. Owing to the socio-political milieu in which he works, Sahmarani’s work deals with the chaotic effects of war on society and individuals, and more broadly the political turmoil that ensues. He has held numerous solo shows including in Beirut, London, Montreal and Dubai and group exhibitions in Washington, DC and Mexico. In 2012 he took park in Contemporary Lebanon: Art Beyond Violence, Singapore Art Fair (Lebanese Pavilion). In 2010 he was awarded the Abraaj Capital Art Prize. The artist is based between Beirut and Spain.