Based in: Lebanon
Born in 1977, Paula Chahine studied interior architecture in Beirut. Her two favorite subjects at the university, painting and history of art, marked her lifestyle and career immensely.
In 1999, and during her first tenure as an employee in a high-end galleria, Paula felt the desire and passion to start painting and exhibiting her work at the gallery. Her abstract style and layered painting techniques, which often featured acrylic on canvas, were well received in the region; selling more than 700 paintings in Lebanon, Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
In 2005, Paula established her own creative atelier, where she rediscovered herself, her strengths and weaknesses and her madness and serenity with a burning desire to express.
Her first solo exhibition “Inside Out” was a huge success in Beirut, followed by another solo “The Way it is” in November 2015 which opened the door to several international participations in collective exhibitions in Singapore (Sana Gallery), NYC (Potatomike), Beirut (BDW) and Gstaad (artsfemin).
Currently her paintings are exhibited at her atelier in Tabaris, Beirut.
I can always feel the energy of people and places, and i tell stories accordingly, i live in a very tortured country with a lot of culture and history, i guess my country inspires me the most
I start with throwing the idea on a canvas with charcoal, later i do first phase by doing the relief acrylic tubes, a week later i start adding diluted colors, and once it dries i keep what i like and hide what i don’t with thick acrylic paint.
Vibrant, expressive, unique
Egon Schiele, Alice neel, antonio segui,
A great friend once told me “it is what is is, you just happen to be there” so i stopped taking anything personal and started telling experiences i lived through art since art is my language
I travel a lot to the greatest cities and visit lot of galleries and museums, and mostly Lebanon
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