Nevine Mattar is a Lebanese artist who enjoys exploring different facets of artistic expression through different media. Having lived both in the Far East and the West, her artistic education included studying art in Japan, mainly Sumi-e, and in Beirut , London, Los Angeles and New York, where she studied painting and illustration.
She is still involved in various civic activities exposing people to the arts of recycling and founded the first Paper-Mache Association in Lebanon. She was invited to chair many art juries who were responsible to host new talents.
Ever since 1983, she’s had yearly exhibits in various capitals-Washington, Paris, London,Milan ,Venice , Dubai, Amman and Beirut. Nevine worked on various murals, book and poster illustrations, set designs and in fashion. Alongside art, she has been teaching Cultural Studies at various Lebanese Universities including the American University of Beirut, Balamand University, Haigazian and the Lebanese American University having also majored in Psychology ,Education and Art History. Her Academic career began in 1982 at AUB and is ongoing.
Much of Nevine’s work involves creating three dimensional space with the use of collage and mixed media.
Several works were inspired from working on set designs for the theater, set designs for plays by Tawfiq al Hakim as well as plays by Ayckbourn and Ibsen.
Nevine began her artistic career having a solo exhibit in 1982 entitled La Femme Fleur. She has since exhibited yearly both abroad and in Beirut.
Many exhibits were hosted in Lebanon for different charitable organizations and for specific Lebanese cultural events.
Most exhibits were based on specific themes such as Visualizing Opera, La Vie des Bohemiens, Punch and Judy , Tapestry,
Amulets and Talismans, the Value of Trash and Recycling and the influence of Jazz on the visual arts to name a few.
Her next exhibit, September 2021 , is entitled A Fauvist View of Beirut where influenced by the Fauvists she integrates the emotive component of color to look at a city full ,of contrasts and diversity.
She was recently awarded by the Prince Osmani Mediterranean Center as the best female visual artist for 2021 earning the title as the centers’ new cultural ambassadress.