Oussama Baalbaki (b. Lebanon, 1978) received his BFA from the Institute of Fine Arts, Lebanese University in 2002. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in a wide array of institutions in Lebanon, including the Sursock Museum, and abroad in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, London, Miami, Munich, New York, and Washington. His solo exhibitions include Paintings in Black (2004) at Dar El Nadwa, Scenes of Isolation (2007) at Safana Gallery, Less smoke, and more… (2009), Rituals of Isolation (2011), Spectres of the Real (2015), Pleadings of the Light (2017) at Agial Art Gallery, Shadows of Gloominess (2014) at Galerie Tanit, hosted in collaboration with Agial Art Gallery, and Against the Grain (2018) at Saleh Barakat Gallery. In 2009, he won the silver medal for painting at the “Jeux de la Francophonie”. Baalbaki lives and works in Beirut.
He participated in numerous collective exhibitions at various cultural institutions and museums in Lebanon, including the Sursock Museum, and abroad such as Washington, New York, London, Munich, Miami, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. In 2009, he won the silver medal for painting at the “Jeux de la Francophonie”.
His paintings subject matter and style stem from a monochromatic expressionist realism centered on nature and human figure. In this perspective, they become the stage of a reality that swings between fact and illusion, an intuitional painting that emerges out of the figurative expression and wraps itself in the cloak of literalism.