The artist uses various supports and mediums to document and explore the cultural and social changes of her country. Her work takes shape in installation, animation, sculpture, and mainly paintings on canvas.
Many of her pieces were repeatedly shown in different international auction houses (Christie’s Dubai, Sotheby’s London, and Bonhams London) and are part of various public as well as private collections.
Born in Lebanon, in 1974, Zena Assi lives and works between Beirut and London.
Her contemporary work on canvas draws inspiration from the relations and conflicts between the individual and his spatial environment, society and its surroundings. Her pieces are punctuated by strong visual references to her native Beirut and the predicament of its citizens.
Assi has exhibited in solo as well as collective shows across Europe, the Middle East and the United States of America including - Alwane gallery (Beirut Lebanon), Subtitled Apeal Royal College of Art (London UK), Artsawa gallery (Dubai UAE), Zoom Art Fair (Miami USA), Shubbak (London UK), Art13 & Art14 London Fair (London UK), Abu Dhabi art fair (Abu Dhabi UAE), Espace Claude Lemand (Paris France), Albareh gallery (Manama Bahrein), Contemporary Art Platform Gallery Space (Kuwait) and Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize (Mall Galleries London UK).
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Zena Assi - 2017