Yvette Achkar (1928)
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Since the 1960s, Yvette Achkar has been at the forefront of the
Lebanese art scene and is still one of the most prominent
artists in Lebanon today. Through her work, she has continued to
show that experience in art is not simply the acquisition of
technical skills, but also self-realization.
Born in Sao Paulo in 1928, she perfected her technique during a
stay in Paris, and has since undergone alternating periods of
total immersion in painting. Above all, she is an artist of
unusual energy and natural instinct, expressing a paradox of
sensations – including sobriety, debauchery, sound and color.
Each painting speaks of a physical implication, a state of
tension, a heartbeat suspended, abandonment of structure, form
and rhythm, all of which are governed by a vigorous brush.
She has continued to pass on her knowledge as a teacher at the
Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, where she has opened a window in
terms of student creativity. Her art has been recognized around
the world, with exhibitions in Yugoslavia, Brazil, Egypt, France
and Germany, winning many awards, including the Unesco Prize.
Her work is best described in her own words: “Painting is like
surfing, it is at the top of the wave and then a moment later in
the hollow. There is no fear in these hollows, even when they
never end. Instead, they balance the existence and release the