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Ihab Ahmad
b. 1983, Lebanon

Born in Beirut in 1983, Ihab Ahmad’s works are a representation of pristine childish joy juxtaposed with the difficulties of youth. Ihab aims to send a message of hope in his artworks, a gift for the people of his generation, who want to move forward and live in a better Lebanon, and naturally a better world. His formula is to use painting to abandon frustrations and focus on dreaming. He believes if we do not have the resources to make a change, we can all at least dream of it.

Ihab’s subject matter is inspired by his childhood memories. His artworks feature creatures that he plays with through connecting various figures in a harmonized and vivid atmosphere, in a land free of fear, worry, or malice. Ihab developed a symbiotic relationship with his familiar yet imaginary symbols such as fish, eyes, trees, and man-made symbols like patterns and geometric forms, all of which emerged as an intense and bright abstraction. Everything that is alive during childhood.

He is influenced by Paul Klee’s work (1940-1879) who said: “Art does not reproduce what we see; rather it makes us see.” Ihab is also the founder of Beirut Art Studio, a creative space teaching Art and Design in Beirut.

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Solo exhibitions
International group exhibitions
Art fair participant
Private collections
Works on commission


Selected Exhibitions

2022 Solo Show, Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2022 Group Show, Mark Hachem Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2022 Scope Miami Art Fair, Miami, USA
2022 Belvedere Art Space, DIFC, Dubai, UAE
2020 Belvedere Art Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2020 Egypt International Art Fair, Cairo, Egypt
2020 ArtBooth, “BREAK” exhibition, Abu Dhabi, UAE

2020 Carré d’artistes, Paris, France
2019 Al Bahie Art Gallery, Doha, Qatar
2019 Sorrento Art Festival, Sorrento, Italy

2019 Marco Antonio Patrizio gallery, Padova, Italy
2019 Art Innsbruck, International Art Fair, Austria
2019 Carré d’artistes, Hong Kong
2018 Carré d’artistes, Beirut, Lebanon
2017 Collaboration with Osheq, a Fashion studio for a cause, Dubai, UAE
2016 Artworks acquired by the Ministry of Culture for permanent collection, Beirut, Lebanon
2016 Artworks acquired for permanent collection, Spears Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2016 Unesco ‘Visual Art Forum VII’, Group exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon
2016 15 artworks exhibited, Arab Bank, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 ‘Book Fair 2015’, Biel, group exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon
2015 Unesco ‘Visual Art Forum VI’, Group exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon
2014 Unesco, ‘The Evolution of Arts during war, Group exhibition, Beirut, Lebanon
2014 Solo show, Dar Al Mousawer, Beirut, Lebanon

Art Fair Participations

2022 Menart fair, Ambassador House, Brussels, Belgium
2022 Kunstrai Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2022 Modern Art Fair, Paris, France