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Sara Tohme
b. 1995, Lebanon

"Art to me is all about emotion and connections. As an artist, I want the people who look at my crowd paintings and remember that this crowd consists of them, and all of the people they have met in the past, haven’t met yet, or never will meet but could have."

Sara is a Lebanese artist who pursued her education at McGill University in Sociology and Cultural studies. She worked in Beirut in advertising before moving to Berlin where to study graphic design and painting. She is now living and working in Berlin.

Sara started painting at a very young age soon to develop her own style. Her bright colour palette combined with organised lines display the controversy of containment and freedom that she notices in the people around her. The absence of shadows and the flatness in her works evoke graphic and childlike emotions. She paints portraits that seem to feel emotions of indifference but also reflect a discreet sense of fascination. She uses art as a tool to interpret the world and get by, one day at a time. She paints to understand her surroundings and is inspired by those around her.

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2021 Young Dreams, Août Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2020 Art Number 23, Athens, Greece
2018 Emerge Art Exhibition, Zico House Beirut, Lebanon

Artist Statement


We see more than 1,000 faces every day. Some we know, some we never will. Some we remember, others we instantly forget. Some strike us, others pass us by and our own faces fascinate us, for better or for worse. But what is a face other than the first thing you see in a person, the most crucial part of their identity? Is a face capable of communicating genuine feelings? Can you know someone by looking at their face only? My portraits explore this fascination of the face as a façade or as a window to someone’s inside through the use of bright colors paralleled with dark indifference. They celebrate the insignificance of faces by making them significantly important, isolating them from the rest of the body and their surroundings, focusing all the attention on them. I tried to give them a sense of familiarity, so that people staring feel that there is at least one face that they’ve seen somewhere, that looks like someone they know. The challenge is to understand or agree on the uneasiness of the faces before them. In some way, I paint to understand my surroundings; I paint pieces of everyone around me.



2017 McGill University, BA in Arts

Group Exhibitions

2021 Young Dreams, Août Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2020 Art Number 23, Athens, Greece
2020 Uplifting Boost, virtual exhibition, Dagaz Gallery
2019 Paratissima, Torino, Italy
2018 Emerge Art Exhibition, Zico House Beirut, Lebanon
2018 The Outsiders Exhibition - Art Lab Beirut, Lebanon
2013 Group Exhibition, Souks Beirut, Lebanon