MOHAMMAD EL RAWAS


MOHAMMAD EL RAWAS 

Born in 1951 in Beirut, Lebanon, where he currently lives and works.
 
Mohammad El Rawas was born in Beirut in 1951. He studied painting at the Institute of Fine Art of the Lebanese University, and graduated in 1975 with honors receiving   the Lebanese University Scholarship to study abroad. The year of his graduation marked the beginning of the civil war in Lebanon, leading the artist to stop painting and to leave his country to Morocco where he stayed for two years in Rabat, teaching art and resuming painting. He returned to Beirut in 1979 to hold his first solo show before joining the Slade School of Fine Art in London in the same year.
 
Upon his return to Beirut in 1981 with a Masters Degree in Printmaking, he started his academic career at the Lebanese University and the American University of Beirut that lasted for 27 years.
 
Mohammed El Rawas   served for 9 years as the secretary general of the Association of Lebanese Artist and was a founding member of the Syndicate of Lebanese Artists.
 
Since 1979, El Rawas has held eleven individual exhibitions in Beirut, London and Dubai and has participated in more than 40 international art biennials and exhibitions in England, USA, Norway, Tunisia, Brazil, Japan, Kuwait, France, Holland, Egypt, UAE, Poland and China. In these international shows, he claimed five prizes and honorable mentions, including in 2007, the prize of the Alexandria Biennial of the Art of the Mediterranean Countries, for his first installation and video art piece “Sit down Please!” 
 
His work is found in many Museums and public collections in Lebanon, Tunis, Iraq, Jordan, Sharjah, Norway and England.
 
In 2004 Saqi Books, London published a major monograph entitled “The Art of Rawas”.
 
In 2011, ” Faiser de realite “ a joint publication with the Lebanese Poet Antoine Boulad, was published by Antoine publishers  and on the occasion of the artist’s exhibition in Art Sawa gallery, Dubai a book entitled “Commentaries” was published in 2012.