b. Lebanon, 1978
Oussama Baalbaki is a contemporary painter and poet. He received a BFA from the Institute of Fine Art of the Lebanese University in 2002 and has since exhibited in cities worldwide including London, Miami, Abu Dhabi, New York, and has had a handful of solo exhibitions in multiple Beirut galleries and institutions. Baalbaki is most interested in the intersection of memory and reality. The artist’s works are figurative although they can vary in realism. He is known for a series of introspective self-portraits, for his awe-inspiring landscapes and for portraits of the French poet Baudelaire.