Chafa Ghaddar (1986) was born in Lebanon and currently lives in Dubai. She graduated from ALBA, Académie Libanaise des Beaux Arts, where she earned her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts in 2007 and her Master’s degree in Visual Arts in 2009. In 2012, she attended an intensive course in fresco and traditional painting techniques in Florence, Italy. While developing a career in wall painting and surface finishing, she explores the use of fresco in contemporary practices as well as other processes, and works equally with murals, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media. She was awarded the Boghossian Art Prize for painting in 2014, and was artist in residence at the Villa Empain in Brussels in October and November 2015.
She executes murals in the professional and the contemporary art field and has participated in several collective exhibitions and projects such as “Exposure 2012” at Beirut Art Center, “On Fleeting Grounds “ and “Nostalgic Imagery” at Galerie Janine Rubeiz, “Journeys through our Heritage” at Beirut Exhibition Center, “Works on Paper” and “Feminites Plurielles” at Galerie Tanit, “Strata” in collaboration with a hypothetical office at Dubai Design Days, 2017, and “The space of the avocado tree” at Art Dubai Fair 2018 and Made in Tashkeel 2018.
Ghaddar had her debuting Solo show “The Visit” at Galerie Tanit, Beirut in November 2018 and is currently developing her first permanent and public art commission curated by Amanda Abi Khalil as part of Art Dubai A.I.R. Program 2017 and in collaboration with Tashkeel and Dubai Cultural authority.
She has been selected by Tashkeel Studio as part of their Critical Practice Program CPP 2018/2019 and exhibited with them “Recesses”, her first solo show in the UAE.
In June 2021, she executed “The Fifth Month,” her first public fresco mural to Galerie Tanit and the neighborhood of Mar Mikhael, and had her latest solo show with Galerie Tanit, hors-les-murs titled “Cacti in a daydream” in July 2021.
In 2022, she has been selected to participate in the 16th Biennale de Lyon, curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath.
Chafa Ghaddar is represented by Galerie Tanit Beirut/Munich.