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Hussein Madi, painter, sculptor and printmaker, is considered amongst the Arab world’s primary artists. Born in 1938 in Chebaa, Lebanon, he lived between Rome and Beirut from 1973-1986. In 1986 he decided to stay permanently in Beirut. His art has been viewed by thousands of people around the world at such venues as the British Museum, the Venice Biennale and Tokyo’s Ueno Museum.

Madi’s joyful experiments in colour and form have resulted in a unique body of work that relates to modern artists like Matisse and Picasso as well as to the principles of divine harmony that inform the abstract designs of Islamic art. Whether in two or three dimensions, Madi’s lines sing with a spontaneous freedom that belies the careful, even exacting, calculations that the artist invests in each work. The combination of meticulousness and sensuality is everywhere evident in Madi’s work, inspired by his profound belief in “God’s universal order, in which everything is different and yet composed of the same cosmic elements.”


  • 1950s
      • 1950-62- studied painting at the Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts, Beirut
  • 1960s
      • 1963- Spent nine months in Baghdad working as a graphic designer and illustrator.
      • 1963- Left Lebanon to continue his studies in Rome in the Accademia di Belle Arti.
      • 1965 - The Gallery of the Association of Lebanese Artists.
      • 1965 - Sursock Museum, Beirut (1st prize of painting).
      • 1965 - Exhibited at the Alexandria Biennale, Egypt.
      • 1966 - Exhibition in the Museum of Beirut.
      • 1967 - Alexandria Biennale.
      • 1968 - Sursock Museum, Beirut (1st prize of sculpture).
      • 1968- Solo exhibition, Dar El-Fann Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1968 - Solo exhibition, Poliedro Gallery, Roma.
      • 1968 - Italien Culture Center (1st prize in Sculpture).
  • 1970s
      • 1970- Solo exhibition, Soligo Gallery, Roma.
      • 1970- Magnagraccia Gallery, Taranto, Italy.
      • 1971- La Estadera Gallery, Italy.
      • 1972- Began teaching painting at the National Art Institute of the Lebanese University for two months every year until 1987.
      • 1972- Trifalco Gallery, Italy.
      • 1972- Ueno Museum, Tokyo.
      • 1972- Ministry of Tourism Art Exhibit, Roma.
      • 1972- Contini Gallery, Roma.
      • 1972- Cavour Gallery, Milano.
      • 1972- Cortina Gallery, Milan.
      • 1973- Contact Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1973- Trifalco Gallery, Roma.
      • 1974- Exhibited at the Baghdad International Biennale.
      • 1974- Modulart Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1974- Solo exhibition, Samia Tutunji Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1974- Cite de Lecce, Italy(1st prize in Sculpture).
      • 1975- Novelli Gallery, Verone, Italy.
      • 1976- Islamic Art Exhibit, London.
      • 1976- Esagono Gallery, Lecce, Italy.
      • 1977- Samia Tutunji Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1978- Samia Tutunji Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1978- International Print Exhibition, Lecce, Italy.
      • 1979- Held first retrospective, Chamber of Commerce, Beirut.
  • 1980s
      • 1980- Faris Gallery, Paris.
      • 1980- 12th International Painting Festival, Cagnes-sur-Mer France.
      • 1980- Italian Cultural Center, Beirut.
      • 1980- Antique Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1981- Mandaloun Gallery, Dbayeh, Beirut.
      • 1982-  Sursock Museum, Beirut.
      • 1983- Association of Lebanese Artists, Beirut.
      • 1984- Kuwait Biennale.
      • 1984- Graphic Art Biennale, Bradford, U.K.
      • 1984- Platform Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1985- Petra Bank Art Gallery, Amman.
      • 1986- Association of Lebanese Artists, Beirut.
      • 1987- Association of Lebanese Artists, Beirut.
      • 1988- Platform Gallery, Beirut (Sculptures).
      • 1988- Platform Gallery, Beirut (Pastel and Water Colors).
      • 1989- Platform Gallery, Beirut (Drawing and Prints).
      • 1989- Platform Gallery, Beirut (Paintings).
      • 1989- L’Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris.
  • 1990s
      • 1990- 50 x 70 Gallery, Beirut.
      • 1990- British Museum, London.
      • 1992- Yarze Country Club, Lebanon.
      • 1992 - Sursock Museum, Beirut.
      • 1993 - Atassi Gallery, Damascus.
      • 1994 - L’entretemps Gallery, Mansourieh, Beirut.
      • 1994- First International Biennale, Cairo (Prints).
      • 1994 - 1st Cairo Int’l Bienanal in Graphic Art Major.
      • 1994- Rochane Galler, Beirut (Collages).
      • 1994- Darat El-Founoun, Amman.
      • 1995- Green Art Gallery, Dubai.
      • 1995 - Qatar Museum for Modern Art, Doha.
      • 1995- Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Paintings).
      • 1996- Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Paintings).
      • 1996 - Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Sculptures).
      • 1996- 23rd International Biennale, Sao Paolo, Brazil.
      • 1997- Sharjah Museum.
      • 1997- Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Paintings).
      • 1997 - Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Drawing).
      • 1998 - Alice Moghabghab Gallery, Beirut (Prints).
      • 1998- Cairo Opera.
      • 1999 - Music Festival, Al Bustan Hotel, Bet Meri, Lebanon.
      • 1999 - Euro Art 1999 Special Liban, Geneva.
  • 2000s
      • 2000- Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Paintings).
      • 2001-Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Sculptures).
      • 2002- Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Drawings).
      • 2002- Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Graphic Art Exhibition).
      • 2003- Awarded the Ordine della Stella Solidarieta Italania with the grade of Cavaliere.
      • 2003- Venice Biennale.
      • 2004- Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (paintings & signature).
      • 2004- Italian Embassy in Lebanon (Beirut).
      • 2005- Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Graphic Art Exhibition).
      • 2006- ArtSpace Gallery, Dubai.
      • 2006- Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (paintings).
      • 2008- Aida Cherfan Fine Art, Beirut, Lebanon (Paintings: Omaggio alla Donna).
      • 2008- University of Balamand (Paintings, Sculptures, Drawings & Prints).
      • 2009- Aida cherfan fine art,Beirut,Lebanon(Sculpture Exibition).
  • 2010s
      • 2010- ArtSpace Gallery,Dubai ,(paintings).
      • 2010- Aida cherfan fine art,Beirut,Lebanon(Une Selection D,Oeuvres:1960-2010).
      • 2010- Nabad gallery,AMMAN,(Paintings & prints).
      • 2011- Aida cherfan fine art, Beirut,Lebanon(Pastels).
      • 2011- Nabad gallery.AMMAN (pastels,drawing,sculptures).
      • 2011- Menasart Beirut Lebanon (Sculptures).
      • 2011- Aida cherfan fine art,Beirut.Lebanon(wooden reliefs).
      • 2012- Dar Al funoon,Kuwait (paintings,sculptures.pastels,fine art prints).
      • 2012- Aida cherfan fine art.Beirut Lebanon(sculptures).
      • 2012- Menasart Beirut Lebanon (Sculptures).